• Strong winds have dried out the top inch of soil in many parts of Alberta and western Saskatchewan. Many canola fields could use a rain, as growers are seeding deeper to hit moisture. While growers rush to seed, take time during each day to scout for flea beetles on emerging crop, especially if wind has……
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  • Peace (B.C. and Alberta): Canola seeding is around 25% complete across the region and progressing well. Warm temperatures and high winds have dried out the topsoil, and many growers are seeding deeper to hit moisture. Alberta: Canola seeding progressed quickly over the past week and is over 50% complete in the south and around 25%……
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  • It could be a heavy year for flea beetle feeding, especially since a lot of canola will emerge right at peak activity for the insect. High winds may force flea beetles off leaf tops and down to leaf undersides and leaf stems. This could actually make the situation worse, since it takes just a few bites on a stem to…
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  • Cutworms are showing up in big numbers in some fields across the Prairies, particularly in northeastern Alberta. Check emerged canola crops for bare patches, holes or notches in foliage, and clipped plants — telltale signs of cutworm feeding. At least four cutworm specifies may damage canola: pale western, redbacked, army and dingy. It helps to know which ones are doing…
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