Topics for the month

Canola faced a wide range of insect threats in 2012, and will likely host a wide selection of insects again in 2013. Part of an effective insect management program includes the understanding that some level of insect presence is OK and can be economically positive when it comes to long-term management. An extensive article this month looks at insect thresholds, and why they’re an important part of spray decisions.

Other agronomic topics: Blackleg management is about more than crop rotation. Seed decisions you make over the winter can influence green seed risk at harvest.

Manitoba canola growers looking for a great opportunity to learn more about canola insect, disease, weed and nutrient management should attend CanoLAB in Brandon February 28. We’re happy to report that CanoLAB is sold out in Saskatoon and St. Albert.

This month, we welcome back Kristen Phillips, welcome Autumn Holmes-Saltzman, and say good-bye and best wishes to Derwyn Hammond and Angela Brackenreed.