• Weed control is top of mind for most growers. Many will finish their first in-crop herbicide pass this week, weather permitting. Insects are a close second to weeds. Flea beetles are active in all regions and spraying will be required in some cases, especially on fields with thin stands and/or slow crop growth from cool……
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  • Peace (B.C. and Alberta): The entire region could do with an inch of rain and some heat. Many fields have spotty emergence, and with cool, dry weather, many canola crops seem to have stalled at around the 4-leaf stage. Alberta: Southern Alberta has enough moisture for the most part. Central Alberta needs rain, although some……
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  • Spraying has been required in pockets all across the Prairies, particularly for redbacked cutworms in the Peace region, central Alberta around Vermilion and Vegreville, and west central Saskatchewan. Flea beetles have been sprayed on early-seeded and slow developing canola. And the Peace region has grasshoppers eating fields already…
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  • When canola is at multiple stages within one field and when weeds are at multiple stages, it can be a challenge to choose the right spray timing. The key is to assess the stage that represents the majority of canola plants…
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  • Seedlings that curl up and start to brown off before emergence could be infected with seedling disease. But they could also be damaged by herbicide carryover. If you suspect herbicide damage, here are two hints that soil herbicide carryover may be the cause: —Residual herbicide has been used on the field before. —Symptoms appear worse on hilltops or valleys…
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