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Crop advisor casebook: What caused this stunted and purpling canola?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the March 5, 2019 issue of Grainews

Eric, who farms 10,000 acres north of Assiniboia, Sask., asked me to visit his farm around mid-May, which was a couple of weeks after he seeded his canola crop. He wanted me to assess if it was necessary for him to reseed the field. The field was exhibiting uneven germination and the plants that had […] Read more


The straight up on straight cut canola

Lessons learned after straight cutting canola on an Alberta farm for six growing seasons

Since 2013 we have exclusively straight cut canola on our farm and we’ve learned a lot along the way. Some years the “straw” came out of the back of the combine looking more like silage and we learned that if the soil moisture profile was still full at the end of August we should desiccate […] Read more



Clubroot is here. Deal with it

Use best practices and management to keep it low and localized

Be proactive against clubroot in canola. It is not a matter of it might be coming, it is already here. If it hasn’t affected your county or your farm yet, the question isn’t about if it will appear, but really about when. That’s the message Alberta farmers were hearing late last year, as part of […] Read more


Avoid nutrient deficiencies in your canola

With some advance planning, this won’t happen to you

Nutrient deficiencies in canola are rarely an issue for canola growers, but mobility and environmental issues can inhibit uptake. Having a good plan, though, goes a long way. Warren Ward, agronomy specialist, Canola Council of Canada, explains. When they do surface, nutrient deficiencies don’t show up in all corners of the field, but in irregular […] Read more



My name is Bob and I have clubroot

Don’t be afraid to let the world know that this disease hit your farm

Finding the first plants or patch of clubroot on your farm is nothing to hide or be ashamed of says Autumn Barnes, an agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada. The fact is, she says for farmers in Alberta, and probably most parts of Western Canada, it is a matter of when the disease […] Read more


Canola 100 contest winner sees green

No one achieved a 100-bushel yield, but results were still impressive

As central-Alberta farmer Merle Klassen claims the grand prize, the three-season long contest called the Canola 100 Challenge is all but history for their farm, except for a few hundred hours of quality field time with a fleet of John Deere equipment during the 2019 growing season. Klassen, who along with family members operates Klassen […] Read more



Canola Challenge: learning to feed the world

The idea is to encourage farmers to push the limits and think outside the box

The world needs food and everyone needs a challenge. Put those two things together and you come up with something like the Canola 100 Challenge, that over the past three years piqued the interest of more than 100 Canadian canola growers who put their agronomic and management skills to the challenge of producing a 100 […] Read more


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