Canola Community Connections

SaskCanola’s Top Notch Farming trial program aims to actively engage farmers and agronomists, seeking their input to shape future projects and cultivate a collaborative network involving SaskCanola, farmers, agronomists, and research specialists. Currently, the organization is accepting applications for the 2024 trials. The deadline to apply is March 15. For information on protocols being offered this year, and to submit an application, visit: On-Farm Research Trials — SaskCanola. RealAgriculture interviewed Kaeley Kindrachuk talking about the benefits of participating.

CanoLABs for agronomists
The Canola Council of Canada teams up with researchers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta to provide a training event for agronomists in each province. These CanoLABs will provide a hands-on learning experience for agronomists to brush up on their disease identification before the growing season. The events will feature four sessions (40 minutes each) examining four major canola diseases in the Prairies: blackleg, clubroot, sclerotinia stem rot and verticillium stripe. CEU credits will be available.
CanoLAB registrations are capped at 50 per province. Registration is open now and will close when each event reaches capacity.
Alberta CanoLAB: March 26, 9:30-3:00 p.m., at the University of Alberta (cost: $130, includes lunch) 
Saskatchewan CanoLAB: March 28, 1:00-4:00 p.m., at AAFC Saskatoon (cost: $78.75) 
Manitoba CanoLAB: April 4, 8:30-12:30 p.m., at the University of Manitoba (cost: $78.75)

2024 Utilization Forum. March 19, 10-11:30 a.m. CDT. The online 2024 Canola Utilization Forum convenes the value chain to review canola supply and disposition, global canola demand outlook, crop updates and market development and market access programming. Registration and information

Farmer First Aid Training. March 14, all day, Virden, Manitoba. Participants will learn First Aid principals and the skills needed in life-threatening emergencies and/or common non-emergency farm-related injuries or illnesses. Free for KAP and MCGA members. $50 for anyone else. Space is limited. Registration and information

Clean Fuel Regulations. On February 21, the CCC, alongside the Canadian Canola Growers Association, Alberta Canola, SaskCanola and the Manitoba Canola Growers, hosted a webinar on the Clean Fuel Regulations. If you were unable to attend, want to review the session again or share with your networks, the recording can be viewed on the CCC website.

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network has posted its bertha armyworm map for 2023, which could be used to forecast 2024 outbreaks. Note: The map shows very low risk!

Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture has a webinar series focused on crops.

Canola Council of Canada annual report is posted online. Try the Flipbook version.

The March 2024 edition is in mail boxes and posted online. The issue includes highlights from Canola Week 2023 in Calgary in December.

Are you or is someone you know feeling burnt out, unreasonably stressed or exhausted? Help is available.
Support lines by province 
Do More Ag Foundation
Manitoba Farmer Wellness Program