• It is crucial that fields are scouted thoroughly and often. A heavy infestation on a stressed or thin stand can do significant damage in 24 to 72 hours. Be prepared in case additional control measures are required. The economic threshold for flea beetle control is when 25% or more of the cotyledons are damaged. However,……
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  • Still Battling Mother Nature Excess moisture continues to impede seeding in parts of the northern Interlake Region of Manitoba where it is estimated that only about 25% of the crop is planted. Some seeding and re-seeding also continues in parts of the northwest, central and eastern regions. In the Red River Valley, it is now……
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  • Environmental issues continue to dominate canola production across western Canada. Cool daytime temperatures with unseasonably cold nighttime temperatures occurred across the Prairies last week and over the weekend. All regions reported frost on multiple occasions with some areas experiencing frost four times last week. The most severe frost happened Friday night/Saturday morning where temperatures ranged……
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  • Emergence Challenges Canola seeding is virtually complete in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Where soil moisture is adequate for germination, cool temperatures and late-spring frosts are stalling canola growth and development. Emerged fields range from the cotyledon to 2- or 3-leaf stage. Where conditions are dry (south and west-central SK and southeast-central Alberta), some canola is stranded……
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  • Rain – Some Needed Some Not Rainfall was received in many areas across the Prairies last week. Amounts ranged from a few tenths to as much as 3 inches in southeastern Manitoba. Excess moisture is now limiting field operations in many parts of Manitoba. Many areas in Saskatchewan and Alberta that were in need of……
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  • Apparently there is growing concern that crops are taking too long to emerge and will have to be reseeded. Those decisions cannot be made without getting down on hands and knees to determine what the seed is doing. This spring, in some areas, it is taking seven days before the seed coat even begins to……
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  • Late seeders and reseeders – give your canola the best possible start. Try to employ techniques that will encourage rapid and even emergence. Target a consistent seeding depth of ½” to 1”. It may be necessary to slow down to achieve this consistency. Because of changing soil conditions and the potential for mechanical issues with……
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  • Freezing temperatures were again widespread last week and over the weekend in many parts of the prairies. This may prompt canola growers to consider reseeding. However, resist the urge to reseed immediately, as recovery may turn out to be better than expected, especially if seed has not yet germinated or the young seedlings have become……
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