Broadcast seeding tips

Consistent success for canola crop establishment tends to come when seed is placed 1/2” to 1” deep into warm, moist soil and packed lightly for rapid and uniform emergence. Broadcast seeding is often considered a last resort, only to be used when proper placement with a drill is not possible.

In late springs with wet conditions, broadcast seeding may be the only way to get the job done. In some cases, broadcast seeding may actually provide better seed placement than “mudding in” seed with a drill.

Broadcast seeding on this calendar date could also have higher yield potential than waiting two weeks for the ground to support the drill.

Another option would be to broadcast the fertilizer and follow immediately with the drill to put in the seed alone. This could improve seed placement and work in the fertilizer while limiting the weight of the tank and the draw on the tractor.

More tips: Canola Encyclopedia section on broadcast seeding