• The theme this week is the Canola Council of Canada’s Combine Clinic — with tips to reduce combine losses. The first article below includes a link to a video interview with Les Hill, the lead off speaker at Combine Clinic. Later this week we will post interviews with representatives from the 5 combine companies present……
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  • Yield loss from hail will depend on crop stage and severity of the damage. In addition to physical injury, hail damage allows a point of entry for diseases such as alternaria black spot and blackleg to infect canola plants…
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  • Volunteer canola in the field at this point is a weed that could dramatically impact your canola crops in the future. It may be infected with blackleg or sclerotinia, adding additional inoculum to the field to infect subsequent crops. And it could potentially add thousands of viable seeds and resulting plants that you will need to control in the future…
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  • Growers with uneven, thin or late canola are struggling with the sclerotinia spray decision, especially if they’ve been without rain or high humidity the past week or so. Uneven crop presents a challenge for spray timing. A split application may be worthwhile if the later plants or late-flowering branches still present a significant yield potential……
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  • Peace: The whole region got rain the past week, including up to 6” in places that didn’t need it. Some fields are underwater from corner to corner. On a positive note, the north region, which did need rain, got some. LaCrete area got 1.5” to 3”. Most canola fields in that area are at 30-40%……
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  • Growers can significantly reduce their volunteer canola seedbank by reducing losses at harvest. Canola losses at harvest can be up to 5 bushels per acre, which is 50 times the typical seeding rate. The Combine Clinic July 18 and 19 (pick one day) in Westlock, Alta., will explain how to reduce harvest losses, putting more yield in the combine tank…
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