• Issues of the week: July 28, 2010 — With more canola fields going into early pod-filling stages, the insect watch enters a critical phase. Spraying for lygus, bertha armyworm and diamondback moth larvae has occurred in some regions. While scouting for insects, don’t forget to take a look for blackleg and clubroot — for next……
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  • Peace (B.C. and Alberta): Dry conditions continue in the south and central Peace. Some areas got a few tenths here and there, but most fields did not get enough moisture to be of any benefit. Hawk Hills north to La Crete/Ft. Vermilion and to the east are still getting good moisture. Earliest fields in these……
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  • Blackleg is widespread in southern Manitoba. Disease severity on infected plants is still low right now, but severity can increase dramatically with hot weather. This level of infection is unusual to see at this stage. Growers with infected fields should be prepared for some yield losses. Staging is too late for protective spray, but scout……
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  • Many growers, especially in the eastern Prairies, have fields at varying stages. Higher land may have crop at podding stages, while once-flooded lower areas are recovering but still flowering. One harvest plan is to swath these fields at two timings— if the hope is to salvage the late-developing areas. Section off fields based on staging……
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  • Controlled-traffic farming (CTF) Alberta is hosting a tour near Morrin, July 29 from 1:00 to 6:00. Click here for more information. Combine Clinic is coming to the Peace region, August 4, 8:30-3:30 near Fairview, Alta. Pre-register with Michelle at PARDA at 780-835-9158. Click here for more information.  …
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