Canola Community Connections

Combine College – July 26th in Dauphin or July 28th in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba:
Combine settings can be a big factor in reducing harvest losses. Learn how to adjust settings to maximize your harvest potential. Whether you are running brand new equipment or equipment that has years of experience, there will be valuable takeaways to help maximize net return during harvest. Farmer members of Manitoba Canola Growers, Manitoba Crop Alliance and/or Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers will receive a rebate of $25 off the ticket price per association to which they’re a member. (Members of all three will get $75 off, making this conference free for them). Register today.

Thank you for Farming Tour is coming up July 27 and 28 in Winkler, MB. Click here for more information and to register. (As an added bonus, MB Canola Growers will be celebrating their 40th anniversary by serving anniversary cake at the tour on both July 27 and 28).

4R Field Tour is coming up July 29th just north of Manitou, Manitoba. This is a joint event hosted by Manitoba Agriculture, Fertilizer Canada and the 4R Industrial Research Chair Program at the University of Manitoba. There will be two group showings at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. Participants can earn 2.5 CCA Nutrient credits. For more information and to register, contact Mario Tenuta at 204-290-7827 or, or John Heard at 204-745-8093 or before July 22.

Keep it Clean will be offering a webinar August 3 @11:00 CDT on pre-harvest tips and tools. Click here for more information and to register.

The Canola: A Story of Canadian Innovation exhibition (on loan from the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum) will be at this year’s Calgary Stampede from July 8 – 17, 2022. Stop by the Nutrien Western Event Centre at the Stampede to see the display and visit with Alberta Canola, SaskCanola and CCC agronomy specialists.

Ag in Motion: July 19 to 21, 2022

Help improve sclerotinia risk assessment: The Canola Council of Canada and AAFC are looking for volunteers to test a sclerotinia risk assessment tool. Volunteers will be asked to use the mobile-friendly, web-based tool in canola fields twice in the growing season: to assess sclerotinia risk at early flower and to rate sclerotinia severity at maturity.  The more canola fields you enter, the more accurate the tool’s sclerotinia risk assessments and fungicide recommendations will be – and the greater chance you’ll win a prize. Email to sign up today.

More information about the Canola Count Survey is available here. It’s not too late to submit results: click here to participate. If you are looking for a ring to count plants, email the Canola Council of Canada’s Resource Manager Taryn Dickson. 

Help track cabbage seedpod weevils:
Alberta: report sweep counts here; see near-time results here.
Saskatchewan: report sweep counts by email to Saskatchewan Agriculture Provincial Insect Specialist, Dr. James Tansey.
Manitoba: report sweep counts by email to Manitoba Agriculture Entomologist, Dr. John Gavloski.

#ABBugChat is live on Twitter Wednesdays at 10:00am (MST) throughout the growing season.

Farming Smarter will be hosting:
July Plot Hop – July 21, 2022. 8:00 – 5:00. More info and tickets available here.
Open Farm Day – August 13th, 2022. 10:30 – 3:00. RSVP here.

Registration is now open for Saskatchewan Crop Diagnostic School – choose either July 26 OR July 27, 2022. In-person at Wheatland Conservation Association in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Topics will include insects, weeds, disease, soils and herbicides. 

Saskatchewan Agri-ARM field days are now scheduled. More information is available here.
– July 14: East Central Research Foundation (ECRF), Yorkton
– July 19: Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation (IHARF), Indian Head
– July 20: Northeast Agriculture Research Foundation (NARF), Melfort, SK 
– July 21: Wheatland Conservation Area Inc (WCA), Swift Current
– July 28: Irrigation Crop Diversification Corporation (ICDC), Outlook
– July 28: Conservation Learning Centre (CLC), Prince Albert
– July 28: South East Research Farm (SERF), Redvers, SK

American Society of Agronomy 2022 Sustainable Agronomy Conference – virtual event: July 19 & 26, August 2 & 9, 2022. Attendance is free. Registration is now open.

Mental health support is available. Reach out if you or someone you know is feeling concerning levels of stress or anxiety. (Support lines by province) (Do More Agricultural Foundation) (Manitoba Farm Wellness Program)

Think safety first. Farm safety resources are available from the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association.

2022 crop protection guides.
– Manitoba: Guide to Field Crop Protection.
– Saskatchewan: Guide to Crop Protection.
– Alberta: “Blue Book” Crop Protection Guide.

Manitoba Gov announces disaster assistance program for spring flooding

Canola Watch podcasts: Better spray uniformity – with sprayer expert Tom Wolf of and Glyphosate resistance and integrated weed management – with research scientists Dr. Charles Geddes and Dr. Shaun Sharpe.

SaskCanola and the Canola Council of Canada have launched a new video on verticillium stripe scouting and management.

New seasonal reports are now available from Manitoba Agriculture: (Fertilizer considerations in a wet spring – challenges and opportunities) (Impact of spring flooding on soil fertility in Manitoba)
Manitoba Agriculture Crop Report Tools: (Manitoba Crop Report) (Manitoba Crop Pest Update) (Crop Weather Report) (Current & Accumulated Weather reports – May 1 to present)
Manitoba Agriculture Extension tools: (Current Crop Topics) (New weekly Crop Scouting Panel – Manitoba Agriculture field crop specialists provide live answers to questions)

Managing herbicide-resistant kochia content from CropLifeCanada is now live.

Cleanfarms’ <23L pesticide and fertilizer jug recycling program in Alberta and Manitoba will undergo major changes in the next few years to help encourage recycling in these regions. The jug collection sites will transition from municipal landfills and transfer stations to ag retail locations / the point of purchase over the next three years. Growers will now be asked to use container collection bags (available from ag retailers) which make on-farm management of jugs and transportation to a collection site easier. Cleanfarms is offering on-farm pickup of jugs for large farming operations that generate 30+ bags or jugs per year. For more information, please visit Cleanfarms or contact Cleanfarms ( or 1-877-622-4460).

CGC admixture tolerance change: The Canadian Grain Commission has announced the tolerance for inconspicuous admixture reduced from 5% to 1%. (Inconspicuous admixture is anything that looks like canola that isn’t sieved out – only includes mustards and carinata)

Sign up for 2022 Canola Disease Surveys. Pest monitoring programs provide valuable information and are used to create forecast maps, complement research, guide research decisions, detect and track new or emerging pests, and support management decisions. Producers must sign up to allow survey partners access to their land for pest monitoring.
Manitoba: To participate, please text Manitoba Agriculture crop pathologist David Kaminski at 204-750-4248 and provide your name, RM, township and email.
Saskatchewan: Use this Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture form to sign up. If you have any questions, contact the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377.
Alberta: To participate, email Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development Insect Survey Technologist, Shelley Barkley.

4R Designation: The Canola Council of Canada encourages Canadian agri-retailers and crop advisors to get their 4R Designation through Fertilizer Canada. Here’s how to get your designation.