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Getting the jump on flea beetles

Our changing canola practices have been beneficial for flea beetles. Here are some tips to help you stop them from taking a bite out of your profits

Flea beetles are one of the most common and persistent insect pests in canola in Western Canada. They are present in virtually all areas and can cause significant plant losses when present at the seedling stage of the crop. In the years since lindane was phased out (lindane’s federal registration expired in 2004), much has […] Read more

Getting the jump on flea beetles

Our changing canola practices have been beneficial for flea beetles. Here are some tips to help you stop them from taking a bite out of your profits

Flea beetles are one of the most common and persistent insect pests in canola in Western Canada. They are present in virtually all areas and can cause significant plant losses when present at the seedling stage of the crop. In the years since lindane was phased out (lindane’s federal registration expired in 2004), much has […] Read more


Understanding clubroot

Clubroot is a relatively new disease that has affected parts of the canola growing area of Western Canada. In canola, it was initially found in a couple of fields in the St. Albert area of Alberta in 2003, but since then it has spread to many municipalities in central Alberta surrounding Edmonton, a couple of […] Read more

7 strategies to prevent clubroot

The following clubroot prevention strategies have been adapted from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s Agri-Facts: Clubroot Disease of Canola and Mustard, March 2011. 1. Use long rotations — do not grow canola more frequently than once every four years in the same field. Although this practice will not prevent the introduction of clubroot to clean fields, it […] Read more


Five Tips For Safe Canola Storage

By Canadian Grain Act standards, canola is considered dry for marketing once the moisture is at 10 per cent or below. However, for long term storage, canola should be at or below 8.5 per cent moisture and 10 C. Just because the grain is considered dry, it doesn t mean that it s safe. The […] Read more

Swathing Canola In Less Than Ideal Conditions

One of the most common agronomic questions regarding canola is “When should I swath?” And the short answer is, “It depends.” It depends on the circumstances of the crop and of the growing season in which the crop is maturing. Sometimes you see farmers, fearful of crop loss due to shattering, swathing canola that is […] Read more


Four Tips For Managing Sclerotinia In Canola

Sclerotinia is one of the most widespread diseases in canola. Farmers need to use a number of strategies to mitigate its impact. Management starts with cultural controls such as rotation and includes the use of fungicides, biological controls and the use of partially resistant varieties. Not all options are terribly effective and need to be […] Read more