• Seeding is progressing well in southern Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan. Across the rest of the Prairies, warm temperatures accelerated the snow melt and many growers anticipate seeding a few days earlier than they expected at this time last week. “Toques to sunburns in 3 days,” was one comment on the rapid turnaround. The decision for growers is whether to seed…
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  • Canola benefits from both early seeding and early weed control. The solution: Work through seeding and spraying operations simultaneously. Have the seeder working when it can. Meanwhile walk fields to get an indication of weed pressure. Fields with large numbers of winter annual and perennial weeds should get a pre-seed burnoff. While spraying that field and waiting 3 days to…
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  • The top 10 weeds in canola are: Cleavers, volunteer canola, kochia, Canada thistle, sow thistle, narrow-leaved hawk's-beard, dandelion, wild buckwheat, stinkweed and stork's bill. Email us using the contact info in the box to the right if you have another name to add to the list…
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  • Read more for answers to these questions: —Should we really be concerned about glyphosate resistance? We've been managing weed resistance in other Groups and we have lots of tools now. —What weeds should I look out for that may not be on our radar? —What rate is too high or too low when trying to prevent resistance issues? —How long…
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  • The highest risk operation to introduce and spread clubroot is the one that moves the greatest amount of soil throughout the farm and across the countryside. Field equipment carries a lot of soil, which is why equipment sanitation is an important way to contain the disease. Others common ways to move soil include utilities companies working from field to field,…
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  • Some air drills can cause costly levels of seed damage if the fan speed is too high. Cracked seed will not germinate. Inspect the quality of seed in the tank to make sure the loading auger isn’t causing the damage. Next, use the sock test (watch the video above) to check the state of seed as it exits the opener…
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  • Contact with an overhead power line can result in a serious or even fatal injury. Protect yourself, your family, and those who visit and work on your farm. Start by taking inventory of the power lines in your yard and along the roads to your fields. Make it a habit to look up before you begin any job and ensure…
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