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To store or sell canola? That is the question

As grain companies try to boost sales in other countries, growers ponder long-term storage

China’s ban on Canadian canola means that farmers have to take different strategies this year. Some are planning to store their canola on farm, while others are planning to sell. “Anything that has been ordered already, companies are honouring those canola contracts,” said Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association. “They’re pencilling […] Read more


Holly White joins Alberta Canola board

Rolling Hills producer Holly White is the new Region 12 director for Alberta Canola. She replaces Brian Hildebrand who completed his term representing canola growers in southeastern Alberta. The other members of the board are chair John Guelly, vice-chair Kevin Sarfas, Dan Doll, Andre Harpe, Denis Guindon, John Mayko, Wayne Schneider, Mike Ammeter, Ian Chitwood, […] Read more



Growers fear a China crisis over canola

Farmers are worried but quiet diplomacy is the best option, says Alberta Canola official

Wait and hope. And test. That’s about all Alberta canola growers can do as what appears to be political gamesmanship by China plays out. News that Canada’s biggest buyer of the oilseed had cancelled Richardson International’s registration to ship canola prompted worried producers to call the Alberta Canola Producers Commission. “At first it was kind of […] Read more


Wind seems to be the clubroot culprit in Manitoba

Researcher urges producers to watch for early infestations and get on them quickly

It looks like clubroot is moving a bit differently on the east side of the Prairies. In Alberta, clubroot is showing up a lot at field entrances (in 90 per cent of the infected fields, according to one study), which suggests equipment is the main culprit in its spread. It’s a similar pattern in Saskatchewan […] Read more



In denial? Farmers ‘failing’ in battle against clubroot

Scott Keller has crunched acreage numbers and found tight rotations and susceptible varieties are commonplace

For the last three years, Scott Keller has been crunching acreage numbers from the provincial crop insurer — and he’s not liking what he sees. “To me, everything the researchers and the Canola Council (of Canada) is saying that farmers should do; they’re not even doing anything outside of just adopting the resistant varieties,” said […] Read more


Flea beetles: more species, more territory

Control options include seed treatment, seeding early and a higher seeding rate

They have been a voracious pest in canola for many years, but their pattern of infestation is changing. “Flea beetles can be a huge economic problem; pervasive and unpredictable,” Jennifer Otani, a pest management biologist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Beaverlodge said during a session at FarmTech. Adult flea beetles can move in and out […] Read more



Canola checkoff tax credit available

Canola growers who didn’t ask for a checkoff refund last year can get a tax credit for the portion used for qualifying research. The tax credit rate for Alberta canola producers in 2018 is 17.43 per cent. That means a grower who paid $100 in canola checkoffs would receive a $17.43 tax credit. The Scientific […] Read more




flowering rapeseed canola or colza

Canola performance results available

The results from the 2018 Canola Performance Trials are now available. Data from small-plot and field-scale trials can be downloaded in a booklet format. The booklet has yield, height, lodging, days to maturity, and calculated gross revenue values for 29 varieties grown in short-, mid- and long-season zone locations all across Western Canada. It features […] Read more


Green seed canola a big issue for producers this year

Know what you’ve got, watch for spoilage, and make calls to potential buyers of lower grades, says crop specialist

Canola samples have highly variable levels of distinctly green seed this year, says a provincial crops analyst. “Some farmers have reported that there has been a reduction in the green seed count during storage and others have said that it has not changed since harvest,” said Neil Blue. But many producers, particularly in the northern […] Read more