• Water quality is the key to achieving proper performance of many herbicides, particularly with glyphosate and many grassy weed products. The following link provides more information on spray water quality: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex7573 Custom applicators (and growers in general) should double check to ensure the right product is being applied to the right field. Ensure legal land……
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  • Spray drift can be costly (liability-wise) but also gives agriculture a negative image. Pay attention to boom height, nozzle selection, water volume, pressure, wind speed and direction, etc. Calibrate your sprayer before spray season begins. Be a good neighbor and make certain the product applied hits the target and the target only. The following link……
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  • Faye Dokken, Provincial Specialist – Plant Diseases with Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture is looking for cooperators to participate in a canola disease survey this summer. Representatives from the Ministry would like permission to enter canola fields and collect a soil sample (for clubroot screening). While at the field, representatives will also take note of other……
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  • Rain – Some Needed Some Not Rainfall was received in many areas across the Prairies last week. Amounts ranged from a few tenths to as much as 3 inches in southeastern Manitoba. Excess moisture is now limiting field operations in many parts of Manitoba. Many areas in Saskatchewan and Alberta that were in need of……
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  • Across the majority of Saskatchewan last week, canola seeding continued and is now nearing completion. Some of the earliest seeded fields are beginning to emerge. Around Leader, Rosetown, and Kindersley areas, producers have stopped seeding canola because of poor soil moisture. In Alberta, canola seeding is also nearing completion and earliest seeded fields are emerging.……
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  • In Manitoba, a significant amount of winter wheat acres planted last fall were winterkilled. Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) estimates that 80% of the winter wheat in the Red River Valley and approximately 15% of acres in the rest of Manitoba will be reseeded. Some producers are considering seeding canola into the dead……
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  • Cool daytime and cold nighttime temperatures prevailed across the Prairies last week. Many areas reported frost with temperatures dipping to minus 7 oC. Near Trochu, Alberta temperatures as low as minus 8 oC to minus 10 oC were recorded. Very little canola had emerged last week and so minimal reseeding was necessary. Many fields that……
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  • With some areas having canola seeded for almost four weeks, the integrity and viability of the seed has started to be questioned. Much warmer temperatures (mid 20°C’s) are forecast for the coming days. Give the soil time to warm up (three to five days) before making any evaluations or decisions. Soil temperatures will lag behind……
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  • Soil temperatures remain cool causing seeded crops to germinate and emerge very slowly. The following maps show growing degree days (GDD) that have accumulated thus far: http://www.agr.gc.ca/pfra/drought/prtgdd_e.htm In Manitoba, accumulated GDD are compared against a historical average at: http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/climate/wad00s00/cropwxrep.pdf The number of days to 50% germination is a useful benchmark as the first half of……
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