• It’s true, early seeded canola does tend to produce higher yields, but that performance edge depends on good seed placement and stand establishment. Mudding in or broadcasting just to seed early can negate this yield benefit if it leads to poor crop establishment. So don’t panic. Yield potential generally remains high until after mid May……
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  • Peace (B.C. and Alberta): After good snowfall this winter, the Peace region has better soil moisture than it has had in years. Some peas are in the ground and canola seeding will start soon. Alberta: A few growers in Southern Alberta have started seeding, but rain in the forecast could halt what has already been……
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  • A ground cover of weeds may do growers a favour on fields too wet to seed. Weeds are better than evaporation in getting rid of water, especially from deeper soil layers. But don’t let these weeds get too big, as they may be difficult to control or prevent from going to seed once flowering starts…
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  • Some reports suggest sulphur fertilizer supplies may be limited in some areas this spring. If growers have trouble getting all the sulphur they need prior to seeding, divide what you have across all your canola acres, then top up with an in-crop application of ammonium sulphate…
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  • Growers are reminded to make sure they seed registered varieties. Some older varieties that were once registered have been “deregistered” — meaning they are no longer approved in our export markets…
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  • Don’t rush to broadcast seed. Canola seed placed into the soil at a uniform depth with starter fertilizer and light on-row packing is the best method for seed survival and uniform stand establishment. Drills do this job best. Floaters do not offer this same precise seed placement. And while a floater may be able to……
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