• Canola is heating up. That’s good news if we’re talking prices. But it’s bad news for canola in the bin. “We’re getting regular reports this month from growers who have lost whole bins to heating. Some have lost multiple bins,” says Jim Bessel, Canola Council of Canada senior agronomy specialist in Saskatchewan. “Periods of warm……
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  • If you have general questions about Canola Watch, direct them to Jay Whetter, whetterj@canolacouncil.org or 807-468-4006. If you have questions on regional issues, contact one of the following Canola Council of Canada regional agronomists or provincial oilseed specialists: Derwyn Hammond, resource manager, crop production, hammondd@canolacouncil.org, 204-729-9011 Jim Bessel, senior agronomy specialist, Central Saskatchewan, besselj@canolacouncil.org, 306-373-6771 Tiffany Martinka, agronomy specialist,……
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  • Grading webinar. Alberta Canola Producers Commission will host a webinar on pulse and canola grading with Norm Woodbeck of the Canadian Grain Commission. The one-hour online webinar, which you view from your home computer, is Wednesday, February 9 at 8:00 MST. Click here for more information and to register. Alberta marketing courses. ACPC is offering marketing……
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  • In discussion with two soil test labs, we know that taking soil samples in winter is certainly an option. The thick layer of snow on the fields makes winter sampling a challenge — but it’s that layer of snow that actually makes winter sampling possible. The snow prevents soil from freezing solid. Clear the snow,……
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  • Cleavers that emerge in the fall can survive a cold winter if they’re under a nice blanket of snow. With all the snow this winter, any fields that had cleavers and other winter annuals emerge last fall may have significant early growth this spring. Early control is essential — otherwise winter annuals will quickly grow……
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  • There’s an old saying in the canola business: “Sell it or smell it.” According to some crushers, they’ve been “smelling” more canola than usual this year. Higher green counts can encourage more rapid spoilage, which may be a factor in higher rates of heating. But even No.1 canola can start to heat as temperatures warm……
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  • We know that wider rows make it possible to pull wider drills with the same tractor. Wider rows also make it easier to direct seed into heavy trash. But remember that with every system, there is give and take. Wide row spacing and relatively low seeding rates mean that more of the ground is exposed……
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  • Do you have a new drill you’ll be using for the first time this spring? Take some time now and over the next couple months before seeding to read over the manual, and find out how to program the monitor and calibrate seeding and fertilizer rates. When you get a nice day and have a……
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