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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Investigating diamondback moth population factors

Insect pests can easily gain interest in years when populations are higher and more damage is being caused to crops. However, understanding the factors contributing to lower populations may be just as important, since manageable populations are the scenarios that growers would prefer to maintain. This article considers some of the parameters which contribute to…

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Exciting new CARP research and guiding priorities

Science is endlessly exciting because it can discover answers to questions or theories, and almost always leads to new research questions. The result may be what was hypothesized, or they may be unexpected. Either way, scientists build on these findings by asking more questions about related topics (such as, would the results remain the same…

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Flea beetle findings that shape management choices

flea beetles feeding on canola cotyledons

Although very small, flea beetles are a common pest insect of canola in the Prairies that can cause serious damage to crops early in the season. So, there is huge value in finding, identifying and understanding flea beetles and how they relate to your crop establishment. Research on these topics has led to an interesting…

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Management decisions to optimize soil temperature and moisture

seeding

The two most important environmental factors to pay attention to in the spring are soil moisture and soil temperature. Despite external factors such as air temperature and precipitation having an impact on these parameters, management decisions can also affect them. Research across western Canada has quantified some of these impacts and their findings are provided…

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