Canola Community Connections

Sclerotinia risk assessment tool tile (from Canola Calculator homepage)

You might have seen CCC agronomy specialist and sclerotinia lead, Chris Manchur, on a recent episode of RealAg’s The Agronomists discussing our new sclerotinia risk assessment tool. If not, here’s a link to view the broadcast. The new tool offers a recommendation about whether or not to spray a canola crop (at 20-50 per cent flower) and an opportunity to assess the spray decision by rating disease severity at maturity (30-60 per cent seed colour change.) It also features an economic calculator and a helpful sclerotinia resource library. Check it out today at

– Alberta: AFSC deadlines
– Saskatchewan: June 20 was the final deadline but dates are different to be covered for fall frost; find out the deadline for your area with the seeding date tool.
– Manitoba: MASC deadlines

Sclerotinia sampling in a canola field (post-harvest)

Contribute to valuable research by collecting sclerotia in canola: A new research project examining whether sclerotinia in canola has developed fungicide tolerance needs field samples. Samples from 100 fields are needed in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Please collect sclerotia or 2-5 infected stem-pieces in canola fields after harvest, then ship using the address and other information in this pdf. If you have questions, email AAFC Research Scientist Thanks in advance for your help!

Canola Council agronomy specialists and other provincial canola specialists are available to help diagnose issues in crops. However, they need adequate information and good photographs to be able to provide meaningful advice. Here are photography tips and good guidelines for submitting samples.

The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) is administering a 50:50 cost-share rebate program for efforts to control ground squirrel populations. The deadline to claim under the 2024-25 program is July 31, 2024. For more information, click here

July 23 Crop Management Field Tour Save the Date graphic

Join Manitoba Canola Growers, Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers and Manitoba Crop Alliance at the Crop Management Field Tour on July 23 from 8:30am – 1:00pm CDT at the AAFC Research Farm in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Registration and further details available here.

Registration is now open for the Water Security Agency (WSA)’s Point of Adequate Outlet (PAO) course. To register, contact Heather Davies. Full introductory PAO course dates are as follows:
* Sept 20 online virtual session (9-11am) + Sept 26 field day near Yorkton, SK (9am-3pm)
* Oct 4 online virtual session (9-11am) + Oct 9 field day near Moose Jaw, SK (9am-3pm)

Each year, surveyors conduct field visits to gather information for insect survey and population maps in Alberta. In addition, producers can fill out this online Cutworm web submission form to report the location and other details about suspected cutworm finds. Use this interactive map of Alberta to view Cutworm survey results

2024 Farming Smarter Field School: June 26-27, Lethbridge, AB

Manitoba Crop Diagnostic School will be back at the Ian N. Morrison Research Station (Carman, MB) from July 3-5, 2024 and July 9-11, 2024. Registration details are available here.

Register for Keep it Clean’s pre-harvest tips & tools webinar. Growers, agronomists, agri-retailers and other industry members are invited to join the Keep it Clean webinar on July 10 at 11 a.m. CDT for timely pre-harvest tips and tools to protect the marketability of Canada’s canola, cereal and pulse crops. Topics include proper staging for pre-harvest glyphosate application, the importance of following pre-harvest intervals for crop protection products and scouting for disease. More information and registration.

SaskCanola sponsored Summer 2024 events: Various dates and locations from July 10-24.

Saskatchewan Crop Diagnostic School: Hosted by Saskatchewan Agriculture and Northeast Agriculture Research Foundation (NARF), July 24 or 25 in Melfort, SK. Limited spaces are available, so register early to guarantee your spot. To register, click here.

BC Agricultural Water Infrastructure Program, which aims to increase adoption of efficient irrigation infrastructure and improve ag water supply and management in BC, is open to applications as of May 30. For more information, click here.

Cleanfarms’ ag plastic recycling: click here for what to recycle and where. Click here for more information about recycling large tote bags.

University of Manitoba Faculty Conversation: “What bugs a farmer’s crops? Assessing damage in canola” – Recording now available here. A conversation with researchers Alejandro Costamagna, Héctor Cárcamo and Canola Council agronomy specialist Keith Gabert on flea beetles and lygus bugs.

Tick Tactics: Understanding and avoiding ticks – a new podcast from Real Agriculture featuring Dr. Curtis Russell of Public Health Ontario (PHO).

Keep it Clean 2024 Product Advisory Webinar – Recording now available here.
Watch the webinar for an overview of the crop protection product and crop combinations that may cause market risks for the 2024 growing season.

Subscribe to SaskCanola’s texting service
To receive weekly oilseed market outlook reports and canola agronomy resources, subscribe to SaskCanola’s texting service; sent 2-3 times per week by text depending on season and issues. You may unsubscribe at any time. Have questions for SaskCanola? Farmers can also text the number to initiate a two-way conversation with SaskCanola’s staff. Click here for details on how to subscribe.

Canola Research Hub blog promotion

Read this Canola Research Hub blog: Thirteen new projects underway for CARP in 2024

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

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