• Soil moisture conditions across western Canada range from poor to excess. In Manitoba, the Red River Valley still remains submerged under the swollen Red River although water levels have receded 2 ½ feet. The majority of agroManitoba has good to excessive moisture. In Saskatchewan, soil moisture conditions range from dry to excellent. Moisture from the……
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  • Although soil moisture conditions are dry in many areas, seed shallow to promote rapid and uniform crop emergence. Soil temperatures should average 5°C over the coolest and warmest parts of the day. Cool soil temperatures will slow emergence, putting seedlings at more risk from seedling diseases and insect attack. As well, protection from most seed treatments starts……
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  • Canola seed size can be quite variable. A sample of thousand seed weights (TSW) this spring is ranging from 2.8 to 6.0 grams per 1000 seeds. Essentially the number of seeds (and ultimately plants) in one pound of seed can vary significantly. Take note of the seed size (TSW should be marked on seed tags……
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  • Ensure your variety is Canola Export Ready. It is very important that no de-registered varieties be planted because they can jeopardize export markets. For more information on which varieties and pesticides are NOT approved for use in Canada visit the Canola Council of Canada’s Export Ready site: http://www.canola-council.org/export_ready.aspx  …
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  • A soil test in west-central Saskatchewan has shown the potential presence of the clubroot pathogen’s DNA. Further testing is being conducted to confirm the results and determine whether the pathogen is viable. This incidence emphasizes the importance of equipment cleaning, especially when moving from affected or suspected areas to clubroot-free areas. Check the following news……
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