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Clubroot and other crop diseases have startlingly similar transmission pathways and preventive measures as public health challenges such as COVID.

How canola diseases act like COVID-19

There are startling similarities between public health and plant health as coronavirus precautions reveal

With the COVID-19 pandemic, society is gaining a whole new understanding of how diseases spread and how following proper precautions can make a huge impact on slowing the spread. While the human stakes are lower for crop diseases, the economic stakes can be high — and the similarities between COVID-19 and crop disease management is

Broadcast canola: Taking the tool of last resort to task

Fields too wet to drill have led to a resurgence in questions about broadcasting canola

Manitoba’s canola growers aren’t quite ready to opt for broadcast seeding, although the province’s oilseed experts say the poor spring and lack of field access has put the topic on the table. Why it matters: Few producers had turned a wheel coming into mid-May, leaving some to ponder if they will be forced to broadcast seed their canola this year.


The canola value chain isn’t ready to give up
yet on getting back into China.

Canola council not giving up on China market

More than a year after losing its biggest canola seed market the council is still working to restore normal exports

The Canola Council of Canada remains committed to regaining full access to the Chinese market for Canada’s canola seed. “Our priority is certainly to restore full trade and have all Canadian exporters included in that trade and we will keep working on this file until full trade is restored,” Jim Everson said during a webinar

Canola council: Widen the scope on clubroot management

The Canola Council of Canada wants producers to layer their clubroot management strategies

The Canola Council of Canada wants you to take a shotgun to your field — at least when it comes to clubroot. [AUDIO: ‘Are we taking clubroot seriously enough?’ – Justine Cornelsen and Dan Orchard] Council agronomists are urging farmers to avoid building a clubroot plan around a single silver bullet. Instead, agronomists Justine Cornelsen

Canada working to diversify canola seed sales

This crop year exports to several countries have risen

Canada is working to diversify its canola seed sales, says Brian Innes, the Canola Council of Canada’s vice-president of public affairs. “As an industry we are doing what we can to diversify,” Innes said in an interview from Geneva, Switzerland Oct. 28 where Canada and China had their first face-to-face meeting over the canola dispute.


Signs of blackleg in a canola seedling.

New tool on the way for canola growers safeguards against blackleg

Saltro is a new seed treatment to control blackleg at the seedling stage expected to be available for the 2021 growing season

A new fungicide to protect canola seedlings from blackleg, a major yield-robbing disease, could be available as a seed treatment for the 2021 growing season. It’s called Saltro and was developed by Syngenta. “Syngenta anticipates registration in time to make it available for use in the 2021 growing season,” Sarah Osborne, company marketing operations manager,

New shatter-resistant canola varieties may hold the key to parking your swather.

Pod shatter reduction canola sounds swathing’s death knell

Sixty per cent of Manitoba’s canola acres this year have pod shatter reduction technology, even though the innovation has only been available since 2014

Western Canadian farmers have adopted pod shatter reduction canola faster than expected — and industry officials predict the innovation, which is as much about harvest flexibility as straight cutting, will soon be on almost every acre. “InVigor (canola from BASF), which is on more than half of the acres in Western Canada, this year over

EU can pick up canola market slack

Canada could export up to two million tonnes of canola seed to the European Union (EU) this crop year, more than doubling normal shipments, but Canadian canola farmers must first be certified as ‘sustainable.’ For most Canadian farmers the process won’t be difficult. That’s the message the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) delivered during a


Since March Canadian canola exports have increased to some other countries, but not enough to offset what’s expected to be an extra million tonnes of potentially price-depressing canola carry-over at the end of the crop year July 31.

New Canadian canola seed sales made to China

Details are few but the canola council says normal canola trade with China has not been restored

Canada has made a “small amount” of new canola seed sales to China, but exports to Canada’s biggest canola customer aren’t back to normal. Not even close. “We are aware of a small amount of (canola seed) sales that have occurred (to China),” Brian Innes, the Canola Council of Canada’s vice-president of communications said in

Canada exported just 112,000 tonnes of canola to China in May based on sales made before the current dispute, down 79 per cent compared to May 2018.

Escalation of canola dispute with China won’t work

Market analyst Mike Jubinville doesn’t see a resolution any time soon

Retaliating against China over its import restrictions on Canadian canola will only make the dispute harder to resolve, according to MarketsFarm analyst Mike Jubinville. Some commentators and farmers are demanding Canada retaliate, for example, by subjecting Chinese imports to intense inspections. “Taking an aggressive position with China is absolutely pointless,” he said in an interview