Latest articles


What you need to know about canola dockage

The process isn’t complex but the bottom-line impact can be big — so how does it work?

How much was taken off your payment for dockage on that last load of canola you delivered? Two hundred dollars? Six hundred? More? If it’s been a great year, the dockage deduction may not be a major concern. But in ones when yields and quality are down, a big chunk of your profit may evaporate […] Read more




clubroot

Researcher offers ‘gospel’ to control clubroot before it spreads

If the infected area is small, mark it and give it special attention — which may even include hand-weeding

When the world’s top clubroot researchers gathered here earlier this month, a hot topic of discussion wasn’t cutting-edge science but an old-fashioned way of controlling a crop infestation — hand-pulling diseased plants. Once a field is heavily infested with clubroot spores, there’s virtually no economical way to deal with the infestation. But at the International […] Read more


Got combine problems? Get the app

The Canola Council of Canada has a new smartphone tool for dealing with issues when combining. The combine optimization tool offers a step-by-step process to zero in on the issue (such as grain loss or grain sample quality) and then offers the adjustment options most likely to correct the issue. “In combine adjustments for all […] Read more



clubroot galls in canola

Clubroot experts gather in Edmonton

A gathering of global clubroot experts will focus on creating a co-ordinated, cutting-edge approach to combating the soil-borne disease impacting canola growers. “With clubroot spreading across the Prairie provinces, varietal resistance breaking down and new pathotypes being identified, now is the time for a unified, collaborative approach to exchanging key insights and leading-edge ideas on […] Read more


They haven’t struck oil — and that’s a good thing for canola growers

A new high-protein canola aimed at the feed market could increase farmer returns

Canola meal could soon give soymeal a run for its money in international feed markets, thanks to a new high-protein canola variety coming down the pipe. “This is a positive for the whole industry,” said Ward Toma, general manager of Alberta Canola. “It increases the value of the secondary product — the meal — and […] Read more



Understanding canola-resistance labels

A new document called “Understanding Blackleg Resistance” that explains blackleg-resistance genes and two-part labels will help growers identify which resistance groups may be best suited for the current pathogen population in their fields. Read more: Canola producers get two new tools in the fight against blackleg A two-part label will first list the overall resistance: R […] Read more


Municipalities on the front lines in clubroot war

Persuasion preferred, but no-grow orders are also being used

Municipal officials across the province are increasingly on guard in the ongoing war to slow the relentless spread of clubroot. It’s been 15 years since the pernicious soil-borne disease was first found in a canola field near Edmonton. The confirmed tally last year was 2,744 fields — but the true number is almost certainly higher. […] Read more



Key source of clubroot resistance goes AWOL

‘Grandparent’ can defeat new mutated clubroot strains but somehow it doesn’t get passed down

The ‘grandparent’ of clubroot resistance in most Canadian canola varieties is resistant to new virulent strains of clubroot — but its offspring aren’t. “It’s possible that, in the course of breeding, some of the resistant genes were lost,” said provincial research scientist Rudolph Fredua-Agyeman. European clubroot differential (ECD) 04 is a key source of clubroot […] Read more


Building a stronger wall to keep out clubroot

New research finds resistant canola varieties are better at strengthening cell walls in their roots

Researchers want to build a better wall — at a cellular level — to thwart clubroot. Of the dozens of canola varieties, only eight have resistance to the fungus-like pathogen and all of them are now showing signs of losing resistance, said Gary Peng, a plant pathologist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s research centre in Saskatoon. […] Read more