• Canada has a reputation for producing safe, high quality canola — a reputation that is well deserved. Most importing countries will not accept canola shipments containing de-registered varieties, so don’t grow the following varieties: Hysyn 101RR, 295BX, Cartier BX, Zodiac BX, Renegade BX, Exceed, 2631 LL, Swallow, SW Legion LL, SW Flare LL, LBD 2393……
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  • Soil Moisture Still Poor to Excess Unseasonably cool and dry conditions prevailed across the prairies last week.  Spotty rainshowers and a few snow flurries meant additional moisture was received but these events were quite localized. As a result, soil moisture conditions continue to range from poor to excess. In Manitoba, much of the Red River……
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  • Seeding operations progressed late last week and over the weekend. Where conditions are wet, acres are being seeded on a field by field basis. Seeding in the wetter areas is probably five to 10% complete. In the drier areas, seeding of cereals and pulses is nearing completion and seeding of canola is becoming more general……
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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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  • Now is the time of year to have a pen and paper handy. Keep good records. Write things down while details are still fresh. Note things such as seeding date, rate, fertilizer applied, herbicides applied, etc. Always keep a seed sample and the blue seed tag from each variety and seed lot sown. Store stamples……
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  • Some areas have had canola seeded for almost two weeks now. You may question the viability of the seed, especially under recent growing conditions. Even if surface emergence is not apparent, scrape back the soil and find the seeds. The condition of the seeds can help determine the state of germination/emergence. Hard seeds are probably……
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  • Frost has been reported regularly and the forecast for the coming days remains cool with over-night frost in many areas. If canola has emerged, remember a proper assessment of frost damage can’t be made for several days, until it can be determined if new growth is appearing on damaged plants. One benefit of the growing……
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  • Cool growing conditions have limited the amount of weed growth in fields this spring. These cool conditions can also affect herbicide performance. Formulation and target weeds must be considered when deciding on the time required between application and disturbance from tillage or seeding. Remember that glyphosate is a systemic herbicide that needs time to work……
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  • Continued cool conditions have resulted in many acres being seeded without a pre-seed burnoff application. In these fields, weed control may be achieved post-seeding but prior to emergence. Post-seeding herbicide applications can be effective when well managed. Weeds should be assessed post-seeding for mechanical damage and dust cover. Herbicide application must occur before the crop……
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