• Fall is a good time to do soil tests. Growers may have a extra few hours to take samples, unlike in spring. And with results and recommendations in hand before winter, growers have more time to plan their fertilizer programs for 2012, to order fertilizer, and to take advantage of reduced pricing opportunities that may occur…
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  • Soil organic nitrogen levels in the top 6” of soil can range from 2,500 to 7,500 pounds per acre. Around 1% to 3% of that soil organic N mineralizes and becomes available for plant uptake each year. If soil has 5,000 pounds of soil organic nitrogen in the top 6”, it could provide anywhere from 50 to 150 pounds of…
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  • Growers have made great strides in advancing no tillage and conservation tillage practices. General benefits include reduced fuel use, reduced soil erosion, higher soil moisture reserves (which are welcome most years), and a general increase in profitability. Any return to tillage, even if only one field or across the whole farm for only one year, should be weighed carefully…
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  • Canola Performance Trial data, which compares new varieties against current industry leaders in small and field scale plots, will be released within the next few weeks in print and on the Canola Council of Canada website. For growers eager to make early booking decisions, this article provides some other sources for variety performance information…
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  • As the outside air cools, air cycles within the bin tend to concentrate moisture at the top of the central core. (See the image below.) This is a good place to check first when probing for temperature spikes. If you have any suspicions, take out one third of the bin and feel the canola to make sure it’s cool. Heated…
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  • Early results from the first year of a University of Manitoba research study showed that canola at less than 10% moisture can be stored in bags for 10 months without damage, while canola at 14% moisture spoiled badly in that time. Until we have more results under a wider range of conditions, we encourage caution to make sure bagged canola…
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