The BASF test plots at the Ag In Motion Canola 100 site were managed to showcase our canola innovations, proven disease control and AgCelence plant health benefits.
We know blackleg is of growing concern for many canola growers in Western Canada. BASF promotes an integrated management program that includes R rated genetics and a fungicide application. Priaxor fungicide was applied to canola at the two- to four-leaf stage tank mixed with glyphosate.
Utilizing Praixor fungicide at this stage combined with the resistance genetics of an R rated variety such as PV540 will provide growers with the highest level of blackleg control. Priaxor provides the added plant health benefits by increasing below and above ground biomass, increasing photosynthetic efficiency, and building a stronger plant better able to take up nutrients and moisture. The plant health benefits of Priaxor were apparent during the very hot days at the Ag in Motion show where we observed that plots treated with Priaxor were showing greater water-holding capacity and appeared more turgid than the untreated plants.
BASF always recommends an early, preventative sclerotinia fungicide application, unfortunately the application of Lance AG in our plots was delayed beyond the targeted timing of 20 to 50 per cent flower of the test plots, and, as a safety precaution, we did not want to spray with people touring the plots. Even though application was delayed beyond the optimum timing, with this year’s high sclerotinia pressure Lance AG showed a reduction in disease.
Lance AG combines a trusted sclerotinia fungicide with plant health benefits, helping to reduce the incidence of flower blast. This would have been a key benefit for the Canola 100 plots as it was extremely hot during the Ag in Motion show while the canola was flowering.
Heat LQ was tank mixed with glyphosate and applied as a harvest aid at the recommended 75 per cent seed colour change on one of the test plots.
The plots received snow before we were able to straight combine them. It wasn’t possible for us to assess the impact of the pre-harvest application and straight combining versus swathing.
Canola 100 was a great opportunity to interact with canola growers while showcasing some of the BASF canola innovations.
Colleen Redlick is a technical service specialist with BASF in Northern Saskatchewan.