• There were a couple of reports of cutworms in Saskatchewan but it appears as if larval feeding is winding down as they are beginning to pupate. More information on cutworms is available at: https://canola-council.merchantsecure.com/canola_resources/product22.aspx Cabbage seedpod weevil threat is also winding down in southern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan as many crops are well into or have……
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  • Leaf hoppers in relatively high populations have been found south of Red Deer, AB. This insect is not of economic importance in canola but rather may be an indicator that Aster yellows may be prevalent later in the season. Aster yellows is caused by a phytoplasma, a plant pathogenic micro-organism. The phytoplasma is carried from……
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  • Up for a great learning experience? There are a number of crop training events organized across western Canada to challenge even the most seasoned agronomist. For more information or to register refer to the list at the following link:http://www.industrymailout.com/Industry/Redirect.aspx?u=114562&q=136265941&lm=19904645&r=156796&qz=0c48f657fb9d7b0440d6714ddff2becf  …
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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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  • Canola staging continues to be quite variable within an area and even within a single field in some areas. Re-seeded and late seeded fields range from just emerging to the 2- to 3- leaf stage. Rainfall in areas that were extremely dry is resulting in a ‘second flush’ of germinating canola, resulting in staging from……
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  • Mother Nature continued to challenge canola production last week. There were reports of hail in southwest Manitoba and northern Saskatchewan. Frost (-1 0C) was reported in Alberta near Beaverlodge, Leduc and Ryley on Sunday night/Monday morning. Canola fields that are vegetative can recover better after a frost or light hail damage but maturity may be delayed.……
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  • Rain – Some Still Needed, Some Not Rainfall in Manitoba late last week and over the weekend brought much needed moisture to parts of the central and southwest regions. Rainfall amounts in these areas were ½ inch to 2 inches. Heaviest rainfall amounts were reported in the eastern part of the province with as much……
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  • There are reports of macronutrients and micronutrients being foliar applied to give struggling canola plants a boost and potentially hasten or even crop maturity. Canola Council of Canada agronomists are not aware of any scientific research to date here in western Canada that supports the economics of this practice. If growers do choose to try……
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  • Crop growth and development is variable within many fields in western Canada. Plus, thin plant stands are taking longer to cover the ground and weeds continue to compete in some fields. A common question being asked is can a field be sprayed after canola begins to bud? Each field should be considered on a case-by-case……
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