•   While scouting for disease and insects, take time to assess the stand. If the stand is spotty and thin, be more conservative with thresholds when protecting the crop from insects, diseases and weed competition. Also, recording the average number of plants per square foot will help growers improve seeding methods for 2011. Stands of……
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  • When assessing how late is too late to seed Argentine canola, start with the average date of the first fall frost. Here are maps showing average dates for first fall frost in each province: Alberta Saskatchewan Manitoba Most fall frosts occur within two weeks either side of the average date for your area. Next, look at……
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  • With high emergence rates of volunteer canola, some growers with many acres still to seed may be tempted to leave these volunteer “crops” to maturity. Volunteer canola is not a hybrid anymore, so yield potential of each individual seed is lower and not all plants will have herbicide tolerance. And with distribution concentrated in the……
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  • Broadcast seeding usually results in lower yields compared to drill seeding. But when wet conditions limit equipment flotation and when time is running out to get the crop in, growers may wish to consider broadcast seeding. Here are some tips: 1. Increase seeding rates slightly to compensate for non-uniform seed depth. 2. Consider lightly cultivating……
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  • Troy Prosofsky, CCC agronomy specialist in southern Alberta, is getting this question a lot. Southern Alberta often seeds canola about two weeks before everyone else on the Prairies, and by mid to late May growers are wondering whether to skip canola and plant barley instead. To answer the question whether it’s too late, consider the……
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  • Canola thousand seed weight (TSW) can range from less than 3 grams up to 6 grams or more. This can have a dramatic effect on seeding rate.Click here to see a CCC video on the topic. To calculate an appropriate pound per acre seeding rate for each seed lot, use this formula: Seeding rate (lb./ac.)……
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  • Many growers strive to apply all their fertilizer during the seeding pass. This one-pass system is a good way to save fuel, minimize soil disturbance and maintain the integrity of the seed bed, but it does present challenges for seed and fertilizer separation. Putting all seed and fertilizer down a single-shoot opener presents a high……
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