Poor growing conditions due to the cold weather and repeated frosts prevailed across western Canada again last week. Canola growth and development was stalled. Canola ranges from cotyledon to 4-leaf stage and is delayed by at least two to three weeks.
In Manitoba, Growing Degree Days (GDD) to date range between 40 to 60% of normal (http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/climate/wad00s00/cropwxrep.pdf).
The following maps show growing degree days thus far across western Canada: http://www.agr.gc.ca/pfra/drought/prtgdd_e.htm
The following link has more information on how temperature effects canola growth: http://www.canolacouncil.org/chapter5.aspx.