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New canola varieties for 2019

Eight new herbicide-tolerant canola varieties on the market for next year

Every year Grainews contacts seed companies so we can make a list of the new varieties coming out for the next season. This year, the biggest challenge was keeping track of who’s who. With all the mergers and purchases that have taken place in the input supply industry, it took a spreadsheet to track which […] Read more


Canola going down for the count

Like Goldilocks: you don’t want too few or too many, but the count that’s just right

It’s a message being delivered with all western Canadian field crops these days, but canola seed suppliers such as BASF’s InVigor line (formerly Bayer products) are clearly making the point — know the seed count going through the air seeding system and follow that up with a plant count in the field. InVigor, for the […] Read more



Crop advisor casebook: Are cutworms collapsing this canola crop?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the October 16, 2018 issue of Grainews

On June 19, Ryan, a Saskatchewan producer who farms south of Canora, called me to diagnose a problem in his canola crop. While applying the first pass of glyphosate on the field, Ryan discovered some bare patches — he thought he may have a cutworm problem. Ryan’s farm is situated on light, sandy soil with […] Read more


Clubbed to debt: the rise of clubroot

Protect your best cash crop from the hazards of clubroot by taking these precautions

I first ran into the clubroot disease of crucifers on the farm where I grew up in West Wales. Farmers did not know much about the disease other than it came from purchasing cabbage transplants and it was most destructive on sour soil, a term for acidic soil. Control was stated to involve heavy liming […] Read more



No silver bullet for international disease

Scientists from around the globe met in Edmonton to discuss the latest on clubroot

The world’s top canola researchers and agronomists met in Edmonton in early August to talk about their work on the pathogen that’s lowering canola yields throughout Alberta and spreading to the rest of the Prairies. While researchers at the International Clubroot Workshop discussed the scientific research underway, farmer delegates were disappointed to hear there is […] Read more


Crop advisor casebook: Patchy problems in a canola field

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the September 25, 2018 issue of Grainews

On June 11, while spraying his canola plants with an in-crop herbicide, Wade noticed regions of the crop had uneven emergence, causing some patchy areas. Wade farms 10,000 acres of canola, wheat and barley near Yorkton, Sask. He thought he might have an insect problem in his canola crop. “My guess is it’s flea beetles or cutworms,” he said. […] Read more



horizontal image of five round steel grain bins sitting in a yellow canola field under a very cloudy sky in the summer

On-farm storage and canola grain quality

Control what you can, and take steps to manage the rest

When it comes to your on-farm storage and maintaining canola grain quality, there are some elements you can control — and others you can’t. One area you can influence is the original condition of the canola seed going into your bins. Swathing at the correct stage or straight-cutting will help minimize many of the quality […] Read more


BASF closes deal with Bayer

ICYMI: Canola research focused on Western Canada will continue

On August 1, BASF finalized its acquisition of several Bayer assets including the Invigor canola line, Ignite herbicide, seed treatment products, Bayer’s digital farming software (xarvio) and seed research and development, including hybrid wheat. The Canadian piece of this global transaction also includes 400 Bayer employees, research facilities at Saskatoon, Pike Lake, Lethbridge and Regina and 12 other research sites. Jonathan […] Read more



Straight cutting canola for the first time?

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q: What should I know before I try straight cutting canola? A: Many growers have successfully adopted this practice and it’s a viable alternative to swathing and combining. As a standing canola crop reaches maturity the risk of pod shatter and/or pod drop is a key impediment to straight cutting. However, the introduction of varieties […] Read more


Crop advisor casebook: What’s causing the shot hole damage to these canola leaves?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the June 5, 2018 issue of Grainews

Brent, a Saskatchewan producer, owns a 10,000-acre grain farm near Torquay, which is located about 16 kilometres north of the Canada-U.S. border. Brent called me in early July about his canola crop after he found insect-feeding damage on the plants’ leaves and oldest pods. “I might have a bertha armyworm problem in my canola crop,” […] Read more