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A new survey aims to both record emergence in canola stands across the Prairies and encourage growers to shoot for five to six plants per square foot to increase yields.

Canola council using survey to boost emergence rates

Growers can increase yield by five bushels an acre if they can increase emergence rates

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canola Counts, the new crowd-sourced survey from the Canola Council of Canada, is now live on its website. The survey tool will map canola plant densities and emergence percentages while helping to drive the adoption of regular plant counts as an important step in achieving target yields. “Many canola fields are still averaging 50 to […] Read more

Got combine problems? Get the app

Got combine problems? Get the app

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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


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Get the latest performance data on canola varieties

The results from the 2017 variety performance trials are now available on an online, searchable database

Reading Time: < 1 minute Canola Performance Trials results for 2017 are now available in an online searchable database at the Canola Performance Trials website. Canola growers can use this online tool to finalize seed decisions for the coming growing season. The performance trials compare leading canola varieties in small-plot and field-scale trials. Results can be filtered by province, season […] Read more

Handy calculators for canola seeding

Handy calculators for canola seeding

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canola Council of Canada has two new smartphone-friendly calculators — one for seeding rate and another for a target plant stand. The target plant stand calculator has several criteria that you select for your farm: Uniformity of the stand you expect on your farm, early-season frost risk, expected weed and pest situation, and length […] Read more


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Watch for herbicide-resistant weeds

There are 21 resistant weeds on the Prairies and 38 million acres have at least one of them


Reading Time: < 1 minute The first few weeks of the growing season is a great time to police fields for suspicious weeds. Look for weeds that survived pre-seed burn-off or post-emergent sprays while others of the same species have died. These few weeds could be resistant, and it would be good to nab them early. “It takes 14 to […] Read more

Canola council offers tips for better establishment

Canola council offers tips for better establishment

New video offers tips for seeding rate and depth, and other factors which produce an optimum stand

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Canola Council of Canada has a new video that describes key stand establishment steps using animated video and a question-and-answer format with growers. The video describes how uniform stands of seven to 10 plants per square foot act as insurance, preserving yield potential in the face of early-season threats from frost, insects and seedling […] Read more


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Canola council launches new online database

The Canola Council of Canada says the database offers ‘top science for your bottom line’


Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canola Council of Canada has launched an online database, called the Canola Research Hub, to provide growers with the latest research findings to increase both productivity and profitability. “This is a first-of-its-kind technology transfer tool,” said Curtis Rempel, the council’s vice-president of crop production and innovation. “It will allow growers to access canola research […] Read more

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The straight goods on canola variety performance

Interactive database allows searches ranging from yield and maturity to lodging and height


Reading Time: 2 minutes Results are in for the 2014 Canola Performance Trials (CPT). Data from the science-based, third-party variety evaluations have been uploaded to the online comparison tool on the CPT website. A summary booklet is also available for download. The online tool includes interactive maps and the ability to refine searches by season zone, herbicide tolerance type, […] Read more


Canola Watch for this week

The Canola Council of Canada has issued its weekly Canola Watch newsletter. This week’s topics: • Top 10 things to consider when scouting for insects • Insect update • What Swede midge damage looks like • Scouting now for disease • Try the new Spray-to-Swath tool • Coming events

International Clubroot Workshop in June

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta growers and agronomists looking for long-term management advice for clubroot are welcome to attend the International Clubroot Workshop in Edmonton, June 19-22. The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) and Agriculture Canada organized the workshop to bring together a global network of leading researchers and academics to exchange information and research results. The conference will […] Read more