Risk factors and important considerations for canola storage

Safely storing harvested canola is critical to maintaining seed quality until it can be delivered. Several risk factors can be considered for the type and size of storage options and equipment that a grower has, as well as the logistics of the operation and the amount of time that the grain will be stored for.…

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Make the most of canola yields by minimizing losses at harvest

Careful decision making, financial input and significant effort by farmers all growing season is aimed at maximizing yield. So, continuing to protect the crop’s yield by reducing pod shatter and pod drop losses at harvest takes advantage of all that has gone into the mature crop. Harvest loss survey results To investigate how much of…

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Grower-submitted canola samples support collective efforts to manage blackleg

Clipping canola stems to check for blackleg

Overview of blackleg in canola Although symptoms can sometime be confused with sclerotinia stem rot or verticillium stripe, blackleg has been a major disease of canola in the Canadian Prairies for several decades. Prevalence and incidence of blackleg (primarily caused by the fungal pathogen Leptosphaeria maculans in Canada) varies between years, but favourable environmental conditions…

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Risk predictions and management tactics for sclerotinia stem rot

canola stem infected by sclerotinia

Sclerotinia disease cycle overview Sclerotinia stem rot is a plant disease that can occur in canola when conditions are favourable. As with all diseases, this happens when an appropriate host plant is present, environmental conditions are conducive and the pathogen is present (known as the disease triangle). In the case of sclerotinia stem rot, the…

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