• Pre-winter bin checks. This is the month to make sure stored canola is stable heading into winter. As outside temperatures drop below zero and stay there, canola growers want to make sure canola has cooled throughout the bin. Market options for high-green canola. When shopping around for buyers, make sure your sample represents the canola you’ll deliver. And keep looking…
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  • Nitrogen is quite mobile in the soil, and amounts can fluctuate year to year and depth to depth. Although some growers have success by using removal rates and target yields when making N decisions, a soil sample can be a great indicator and a good way to ensure intended rates aren’t too high or too low. When determining how much…
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  • Microbial processes in the soil slow down as temperatures cool. Therefore, sampling late in the fall will provide a close representation of nutrient levels at seeding next spring. Fall soil tests give growers time to process samples and get results and recommendations. That information can be used to develop a fertilizer program for this fall or next spring…
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  • A risk with fall application of nitrogen fertilizer is that denitrification and leaching will remove a large percentage of the applied fertilizer before seeding starts in the spring. This is a legitimate risk, as losses compared to a time-of-seeding application can be 30-40% in moist and warm conditions. To reduce this risk…
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  • Results from the 2014 Canola Performance Trials are being checked and approved for posting at www.canolaperformancetrials.ca and in the CPT 2014 booklet. Listen to a podcast on CPT 2014 with CCC agronomy specialist Warren Ward. In addition to CPT results, here are some other sources for variety performance information…
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  • The Canada Seeds Act requires that all certified seed meet minimum standards for germination on the day it’s sold. Whether seed is grown this year, last year or the year before that, certified No.1 canola must have 90% germination or better at the time of sale. Certified No.2 must have 80-89% germination. The seller is responsible to make sure seed…
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