Rain in the western Prairies has increased optimism, especially in the Peace River region, central Alberta and parts of Saskatchewan that needed rain. But wet fields will delay timely weed control in all regions. Aerial spraying may be the best option to get weeds controlled before the crop outgrows the safe stage for application.
Moisture also increases the likelihood of economic damage from sclerotinia. The combination of high yield potential, good canola prices and favorable conditions for disease development could make fungicide spray a good economic decision for many canola fields.
Growers are reminded this week to note the crop insurance deadline for filing seeded acres reports. Also, if you have a rain delay, take a moment to check the condition of any canola in storage.