• More aster leafhoppers are carrying phytoplasm this year, so that could mean a jump in aster yellows. Sclerotinia stem rot risk may still be there even if it hasn’t rained. When spraying in high temperatures (> 25 C), check product labels or consult retailers or fungicide companies about results in hot weather. Late flower and podding stages are when lygus…
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  • Heat — Foliar boron applied at flowering has been tested on canola in Ontario to as a way to prevent blossom blast during summer heat waves. Four years of grower field studies from 2008-11 found inconclusive results. Hail — Nutrient and fungicide top dress treatments have also been promoted to help heal and restart canola after hail. We don't have…
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  • Our current economic threshold tables for lygus in canola may be too low when applied to current canola production systems across the Prairies. If a canola stand is healthy and growing fast, growers are reportedly doubling or tripling thresholds. Say the threshold is 10 per 10 sweeps, some growers are doubling that to 20 per 10 sweeps as the action…
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  • Any stress can inhibit proper fertilization of the flowers. Common stresses included heat, drought, excess moisture, insects, herbicide damage, and nutrient deficiency. In many cases the cause may seem obvious, but it is often a good idea to investigate further to ensure there are no other contributing factors…
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  • Growers are encouraged to check maturing crop for blackleg infection. It’s too late for fungicide to provide any benefit, but checking now can help plan for next year. Try to figure out why blackleg is worse than usual. It could be tight rotation. It could be use of a less resistant variety. Take steps to avoid that situation next time…
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  • Read more for events, including Canola Galla, Wednesday, July 25 in Brooks-Bassano. This hands-on field event is for agronomists, growers and all others interested in learning more about canola…
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