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Flea beetle damage on a canola seedling.

Keep your canola standing strong against flea beetles

Agronomy tips... from the field

When coming up with a flea beetle defence strategy, it’s important to remember that flea beetles overwinter in your field as adults. That means they’re right there, just waiting to feed as soon as your canola crop emerges in the spring. Canola seedlings can compensate for flea beetle feeding and recover — just so long […] Read more

flea beetle damage on a leaf

Flea beetle scouting strategies

Agronomy tips... from the field

The one nice thing about striped and crucifer flea beetles is that they’re quite easy to tell apart. And based on previous years, you should already have a fairly good idea of whether you have one or the other species in your fields. Here are few key things to remember about striped and crucifer flea […] Read more

flea beetles on a canola pod

Keys to flea beetle control in canola crops

Agronomy tips... from the field

The important thing to understand about flea beetles is that they overwinter as adults — and it’s those adults that do all the feeding on your seedlings come the spring. Your canola crop is most vulnerable to flea beetle feeding from the cotyledon stage at emergence up until it reaches the three- or four-leaf stage. […] Read more

tractor seeding a field

Take a stand against Rhizoctonia

No matter what you’re planning to grow this season — be it soybeans, canola or pulses — protecting that crop from Rhizoctonia and ensuring a good, strong stand establishment should be your first priority. I’ve seen many situations where Rhizoctonia infections in fields have caused seed rot and decay, pre and post emergence damping off, […] Read more

7 tips for better root health

Roots play a pivotal role in crop emergence and seedling health, so the more you can do to protect them from disease, the better chance your crop has to establish well, setting the stage for a successful season. “You’ve got to have a solid foundation to build your house on,” says Steve Larocque. “If you […] Read more

Get To The Root Of Rhizoctonia Identification

Rhizoctonia spp. is a growing concern in Western Canada because of its potential impact on yields but perhaps more importantly, due to its effect on root health and its capacity to destroy a seedling before the plant even has a chance to emerge. Until recently, the relationship between rhizoctonia, root and seedling health and yields […] Read more

Top Tips For Wireworm Control

Cool, wet conditions across the Prairies again this season may dampen yield prospects for cereal and pulse production through delayed planting and by increasing a crop’s susceptibility to wireworms. Wireworms are a growing concern for cereal and pulse growers across Canada. Despite their increasing prevalence, farmers are sometimes unaware of wireworm infestations until large patches […] Read more

Will You Add A Pulse In 2010?

With a host of agronomic benefits that easily convert into economic benefits, it’s no surprise that pulses are an increasingly common choice for crop rotation. However, pulses come with their own mix of challenges, including potential insect and disease concerns, and the need for good stand establishment. Here are five tips to keep in mind […] Read more