• 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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  • Now is the time of year to have a pen and paper handy. Keep good records. Write things down while details are still fresh. Note seeding date, rate, fertilizer applied, herbicides applied, etc. Always keep a seed sample and the blue seed tag from each variety and seed lot sown. Store samples in a paper……
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  • Water quality is the key to achieving proper performance of many herbicides, particularly with glyphosate and many grassy weed products. The following link provides more information on spray water quality: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex7573 Custom applicators (and growers in general) should double check to ensure the right product is being applied to the right field. Ensure legal land……
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  • Now is the time of year to have a pen and paper handy. Keep good records. Write things down while details are still fresh. Note seeding date, rate, fertilizer applied, herbicides applied, etc. Always keep a seed sample and the blue seed tag from each variety and seed lot sown. Store stamples in a paper……
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  • Even weed growth and development has been slow this spring. However, in the coming days, if warmer temperatures prevail, weed growth and development are going to kick into high gear. So if planning a post-seed, pre-emergent burnoff be prepared to spray and don’t miss the window of opportunity. Weeds should be assessed post-seeding for mechanical……
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  • Soil Moisture Still Poor to Excess Unseasonably cool and dry conditions prevailed across the prairies last week.  Spotty rainshowers and a few snow flurries meant additional moisture was received but these events were quite localized. As a result, soil moisture conditions continue to range from poor to excess. In Manitoba, much of the Red River……
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  • Now is the time of year to have a pen and paper handy. Keep good records. Write things down while details are still fresh. Note things such as seeding date, rate, fertilizer applied, herbicides applied, etc. Always keep a seed sample and the blue seed tag from each variety and seed lot sown. Store stamples……
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  • Cool growing conditions have limited the amount of weed growth in fields this spring. These cool conditions can also affect herbicide performance. Formulation and target weeds must be considered when deciding on the time required between application and disturbance from tillage or seeding. Remember that glyphosate is a systemic herbicide that needs time to work……
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  • Continued cool conditions have resulted in many acres being seeded without a pre-seed burnoff application. In these fields, weed control may be achieved post-seeding but prior to emergence. Post-seeding herbicide applications can be effective when well managed. Weeds should be assessed post-seeding for mechanical damage and dust cover. Herbicide application must occur before the crop……
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