Sign up to be part of provincial disease surveys.
Pest monitoring programs provide valuable information and are used to create forecast maps, be part of research provincially and nationally, guide research decisions, detect and track new or emerging pests and support management decisions.
* ALBERTA: email the legal land description(s) of the field(s) you’d like surveyed to Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development provincial plant pathologist, Dr. Michael Harding.
* SASKATCHEWAN: fill in the online sign-up form here. If you have any questions, contact the Agriculture Knowledge Centre at 1-866-457-2377.
* MANITOBA: text Manitoba Agriculture crop pathologist David Kaminski at 204-750-4248 and provide your name, RM, township and email. 2018-2020 results are available here.
Canola disease testing:
Growers are encouraged to survey their fields and take advantage of available disease testing programs to benefit their own farms. Results are not included in provincial surveys.
* ALBERTA: private labs are available for testing.
* SASKATCHEWAN: Free clubroot and blackleg testing is available through SaskCanola and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. Find out more here.
* MANITOBA: Free blackleg, clubroot and verticillium stripe testing is available through Manitoba Canola Growers’ Pest Surveillance Initiative Lab.
The Canola Council of Canada’s swath timing campaign is underway. Click here for more information.
Applications are now open for Canola 4R Advantage. This new program offers canola growers up to $12,000 per year to initiate or advance 4R Nutrient Stewardship on canola acres to help improve fertilizer efficiency, including:
– soil testing
– enhanced efficiency fertilizer (EEF)
– preferred application
– field zone mapping
Growers and agronomists can find program details and a link to the digital application portal here. More information is available in this CCC press release.
The Prairie Pest Monitoring Network offers weekly pest updates via email. Sign up here.
A NEW RESOURCE:
A new Crop Diagnostic Handbook from Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture is now online here.
SAVE THE DATE: Canola Week 2022 – December 6 through 8, 2022.
This year the conference will be presented in a hybrid format, allowing attendees to tune in from their home and offices or attend in person at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel in Saskatoon. The three-day event will provide updates on the state of the canola industry in Canada, the latest research, agronomic issues and cutting-edge innovation. Mark your calendars and plan to join canola growers, researchers and many more industry stakeholders. Registration will open in October.
UPCOMING EVENT – ALBERTA:
#ABBugChat is live on Twitter Wednesdays at 10:00am (MST) throughout the growing season.
The world’s food supply is under extreme pressure. Canada’s grain is needed more than ever. Help share the message that Canada’s ready by joining the Canada’s Ready campaign. Visit https://canadasready.ca/ for more information.
RESOURCE: Waterhemp – biology and control. See section 3 on how to identify waterhemp and determine if it is herbicide resistant.
RESOURCE: Keep it Clean’s pre-harvest glyphosate staging guide is available here.
RESOURCE: SaskCanola and the Canola Council of Canada have launched a new video on verticillium stripe scouting and management.
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)
Nominations are currently open for canola producers who might like to join SaskCanola’s Board of Directors. More information is available here.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-622-4460).