Seedling disease management to improve canola plant establishment

Seedling disease in canola

Canola is vulnerable to a number of seed and seedling diseases, including those caused by Rhizoctonia solani, Fusarium species and Pythium species (see ‘Comparison of root rot pathogens’ graphic below). These can impact plant survival and subsequent plant and establishment and populations. In addition to effective scouting at the right time, research has been done on the soil pathogen…

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Microorganisms with potential for macro benefits

2-leaf canola with root

A good seedbed is important for germination and emergence and a plant’s root microbiome may also be important for nutrient cycling and plant growth. Potential impacts of root-associated microorganisms Dr. Chantal Hamel was interested in exploring plant root microbiomes because under favourable scenarios microorganisms have potential to improve soil fertility, plant health, the efficiency of…

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Canola disease survey recap to inform risk management in 2022

Crop disease surveillance is critical every growing season – both at the individual field scouting level and at the regional or provincial surveying level. While the Prairie-wide insect monitoring network equivalent for disease monitoring is still in development, there are many research projects and coordinated provincial efforts that take place annually to summarize the disease…

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Insect pest forecasts and scouting considerations for 2022

Image source: Olfert’s ‘Co-ordinated monitoring, forecasting and risk warning for insect pests of field crops in Canada’ project Pre-season preparations can include checking insect pest forecasts and considering management strategies that could be taken if those pests surpass economic thresholds. It can also be useful to review the survey results of insect pest populations and…

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