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Lots of seeds had germinated but failed to emerge from the soil. In some places, the plants had managed to emerge, but only their stems remained above ground.

Crop advisor casebook: The case of the desiccated canola

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the November 2, 2020 issue of Grainews

Matt is a grain farmer who grows 7,500 acres of wheat, malt barley, oats and canola at his place near Whitewood, Sask. He was out walking in his canola fields one day in early June when he came across some patches of withered, desiccated canola seedlings that fell apart as soon as they were touched. […] Read more