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New blackleg resistance labels for canola

The canola industry has agreed to voluntarily enhance blackleg resistance labels on canola seed. Seed companies will still use the current R, MR, MS, and S labels. But they will also start adding information indicating which major genes are present in a blackleg-resistant variety. Each blackleg-resistant variety leans heavily on a single major gene for […] Read more


A price chart is worth a thousand words

What can we learn from a look back at this May 2017 canola futures chart?

I was looking at this May 2017 canola futures charts the other day to remind myself just how much we can learn from them. It is a lot easier to figure out the trends and patterns on a chart after they’ve happened than it is to decipher what will happen while it is happening. Cyclical […] Read more



Crop Advisor’s Casebook: Poor emergence in canola crop

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the May 19, 2015 issue of Grainews

In mid-May I got a call from David, who grows 2,000 acres of canola, wheat, soybeans and peas on his farm in southeastern Manitoba. It had been three weeks since David had planted his canola crop, but he was seeing very poor emergence in the field. David had hoped for eight to 10 plants per […] Read more


The value of spring-threshed canola

Will it be worth salvaging and selling the canola left out in your field this winter?

Many growers across the Prairies are facing the reality of canola that’s been left out in fields over winter. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been talking to players in the canola buying and processing industry to find out who will buy spring-threshed canola, and to learn about some of their concerns. Major grain companies […] Read more



How good or bad is that unharvested crop?

Hart Attacks: Farmers and processors won’t really know until quality is tested

I am sensing a muffled drum roll in parts of Western Canada right now as a few thousand farmers across central and northern B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan are waiting to see what this unharvested crop looks like, when they do have a chance to get it combined. There were several thousand acres — about 10 […] Read more


Lower canola target plant stands

With newer canola varieties, farmers can hit optimum yields with lower plant counts

New canola varieties and changing economics have pushed target plant stands lower, says Murray Hartman, oilseed specialist with Alberta Agriculture. The “economic sweet spot” is now four to six plants per square foot, Hartman told farmers and agronomists at the Canola Council of Canada’s CanoLAB in Vermilion, Alberta. Hartman recently reviewed published trial data looking […] Read more



Crop Advisor’s Casebook: Irregular strips of struggling canola

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the April 4, 2015 issue of Grainews

In early July I received a phone call from Dwane, a grain farmer at Davin, Sask., who was seeing a peculiar pattern forming in one of his canola fields. Dwane told me that despite some heavy June rains, his early canola establishment had been excellent — he had achieved his target plant density and the […] Read more


When to spray cabbage seedpod weevil

If you have to spray for the cabbage seedpod 
weevil, get the timing right

The first time Alberta grain farmer Jay Schultz remembers hearing about cabbage seedpod weevil was in 2005 at the University of Alberta when Dr. Lloyd Dosdall warned that it could become a major pest in the province. Schultz, who farms 6,000 acres near Standard, Alta., said that he never really paid attention, that is, until […] Read more




Learning at CanoLAB

Farmers at CanoLAB had a hands-on look at canola pests and problems

Grainews field editor Lisa Guenther attended the Canola Council of Canada’s annual learning event CanoLAB at Lakeland College in Vermillion on February 22. CanoLab offers a chance to see live plants and insects up close, while they talk with Western Canada’s top researchers and extension workers about current production issues. Watch the Canola Council’s event […] Read more