Issues of the week

Seeding progressed well this week but high winds dried out the seedbed and may have cut off or buried young seedlings or blown some seed out of the ground in some areas. Reseeding may be necessary for worst areas within a field, but before making that decision, look closely for live seedlings and any seed that still appears viable and in position to germinate and emerge. A uniform stand of 1-2 plants per square foot probably has more profit potential than a reseeded crop.

Wind is just one of many challenges to a young canola crop. Start scouting about a week after seeding to look for insect damage and other potential threats, and keep in mind that a thin stand will require close management all season long to carry those few plants through to harvest.