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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



Bayer Digital Farming launches Zone Spray

This new cloud-based program helps farmers spray only the right acres

This summer, canola growers will likely again be faced with the tough decision of whether or not to spray fields with a fungicide to protect the crop from sclerotinia. Spraying unnecessarily can mean wasted inputs, but failing to protect crops when needed could also mean significant yield losses. Even if producers decide to spray fungicide, […] Read more


Crop advisor casebook: Germination grief: What went wrong with Dave’s canola?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the May 15, 2018 issue of Grainews

I’m certain it’s flea beetles,” said Dave, an Alberta producer I visited last June after he discovered his canola crop had emerged poorly. While some areas of the crop were coming up well, others had no germination or uneven emergence, as well as spots with stunted plant growth. Also, regions with lighter soils, such as […] Read more



Keeping canola out of your soybean fields

Volunteer canola: Western Canada’s fourth most abundant weed

Volunteer canola is thriving in Western Canada. In the 1970s, volunteer canola was the 18th most abundant weed. Today it is the fourth most common in Western Canada. Volunteer canola is especially problematic where herbicide-resistant crops, like soybeans, are added to the rotation. Volunteer canola is a unique weed because it is derived from growing […] Read more


blackleg in canola

New labels for blackleg resistance

New “groups” for blackleg resistance on some canola seed this spring

Agronomists agree the best way to control blackleg in canola is rotation — only growing canola once every three years, at most. Besides rotations, scouting and fungicide can help in the fight against blackleg. And, last spring a new item was added to the list of blackleg-fighting tools: a new labelling system. This season, you’ll see some new letters on some of your seed […] Read more



Are you limiting your canola’s potential?

First, choose a yield target. Then figure out how you can get your crop there

Fertility is the first thing that usually comes to mind when thinking about canola yield targets, but should it be? Deciding how you’re going to get there when you don’t know where you’re going is like putting the cart before the horse. Warren Ward, agronomist with the Canola Council of Canada, says growers need to […] Read more


Planter precision pays off for canola

Planters produce vigorous canola stands, and in some trials, higher economic returns

Darren Feitsma says using a precision planter for canola is producing a very uniform, robust crop stand on his central Alberta farm. His seeding rate is about half of what he might use with an air seeding system, yet with higher seed emergence rates and good nutrient uptake, yields are comparable. He has found over […] Read more