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Crop advisor casebook: Irregular canola pod shatter a mystery

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the August 27, 2019 issue of Grainews

Dave, who farms 6,000 acres of wheat, barley, peas and canola in Central Alberta, was trying out a new canola seed variety, which was in its first market year. The variety had clubroot resistance and had also been selected for some pod shatter tolerance. Throughout the growing season, the canola crop had developed normally, and […] Read more


Canola storage options start with harvest

The most important factor affecting canola storage? Harvest conditions

Everyone knows harvest timing can drastically impact not only the storage options for, but also the quality of your stored canola. Especially when the weather doesn’t care to co-operate, it’s tempting to head into the field before conditions for harvest are optimal. At swath timing, determining whether to swath or straight cut your canola depends […] Read more



Disease-free boots and a testing tool

Spotted in the field: homemade ideas that don't cost a lot, but work

They are two separate topics completely, but here are a couple of good ideas that western Canadian field specialists came up with for sanitizing rubber boots to reduce the risk of spreading clubroot (or any soil borne disease), and a handy homemade sample collection tool for measuring spray volumes when calibrating a field sprayer. Boot […] Read more


Horsch introduces split-row planters

Two new models designed to plant large-seeded crops as well as canola

To say there has been ramped-up interest in planters from Prairie farmers in recent years might be an understatement. That’s because manufacturers have been blending the precision placement ability planters can achieve with features aimed at canola growers. This year Horsch introduced growers to its newest models, the Maestro SW 4715 and 4815, at the Ag in Motion farm show near Langham, Saskatchewan. […] Read more



Are there cost savings to planting canola?

As Jeremy Hughes, product manager for Horsch Equipment, travels the country, he says he’s noticed a lot of variable maturity in canola crop fields across the Prairies. “What we see today are some very inconsistent fields,” he says. “It comes back to uniformity and consistency, seed placement, depth and control.” And all of that begins […] Read more


Resistant to resistance?

If you don’t have clubroot, should you be planting clubroot-resistant canola?

Should a farmer who regularly practises a one-in-four-year rotation of canola in an area without confirmed clubroot be growing clubroot-resistant (CR) cultivars of canola? This was a question I asked at a canola agronomy meeting last November. At that time, I was describing my own farm and I thought the answer would be straightforward, but I received conflicting responses. One canola company representative said […] Read more



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