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Canola variety selection tool now live

Comparison  The tool includes an economic calculator, interactive maps, 
and the ability to refine searches by five traits

Reading Time: 2 minutes The online Canola Variety Selection tool is now live with data from the 2012 Canola Performance Trials (CPT), giving canola growers another tool to compare variety performance. The CPT provides science-based, unbiased performance data that reflects actual production practices. The selection tool provides comparative data on leading varieties and newly introduced varieties. The tool includes […] Read more

Canola Council: Spray window closing

Rain has set back weed spraying. Early canola crops are near the end of their spray windows, even though some fields have not received a first pass and some fields got a first pass but need a second. Label application windows: Glyphosate: Anytime up to and including the 6-leaf stage of canola.Liberty: Cotyledon stage up to the […] Read more


Prairie canola variety data now available

Comparative data on canola seed varieties is now available to growers from the new Canola Performance Trials (CPT) 2011. The CPT 2011 represents the next generation in variety evaluation for Western Canadian canola growers, providing science-based, unbiased and timely performance data that reflects actual production practices, as well as comparative data on leading varieties and […] Read more

Cool Your Canola

Reading Time: < 1 minute Canola combined during recent hot weather should be put on aeration to prevent heating, says Kristen Phillips, agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada. Canola harvested in very hot weather has to go on aeration to cool it off. Even if dry, hot canola can start to heat and spoil within weeks. Canola at […] Read more


Eleven Tips For Fertilizing Canola

Reading Time: 4 minutes Canola fertility needs have never been higher. And with current field conditions, soil fertility levels have never been so uncertain. The following tips will help growers find solutions to meet the nutritional demands of their high yielding genetics. Canola growers last year could be divided into three camps: Wet fields, dry fields or high yields. […] Read more

Take Time Now To Prep New Drill

Reading Time: < 1 minute Do you have a new drill you’ll be using for the first time this spring? Take some time now and over the next couple months before seeding to read over the manual, and find out how to program the monitor and calibrate seeding and fertilizer rates. When you get a nice day and have a […] Read more


Watch Bins For Heated Canola: CCC

Reading Time: < 1 minute Canola is heating up. That’s good news if we’re talking prices. But it’s bad news for canola in the bin. “We’re getting regular reports this month from growers who have lost whole bins to heating. Some have lost multiple bins,” says Jim Bessel, Canola Council of Canada senior agronomy specialist in Saskatchewan. “Periods of warm […] Read more

Watch for heated canola: CCC

Canola is heating up. That’s good news if we’re talking prices. But it’s bad news for canola in the bin. “We’re getting regular reports this month from growers who have lost whole bins to heating. Some have lost multiple bins,” says Jim Bessel, Canola Council of Canada senior agronomy specialist in Saskatchewan. “Periods of warm […] Read more


Tips For Soil Sampling In Winter

Reading Time: < 1 minute In discussion with two soil test labs, we know that taking soil samples in winter is certainly an option. The thick layer of snow on the fields makes winter sampling a challenge – but it’s that layer of snow that actually makes winter sampling possible. The snow prevents soil from freezing solid. Clear the snow, […] Read more

Management Tips For Unseeded Acres

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canola growers with excessive moisture in 2010 face many unknowns and issues for 2011. The following tips will help growers prepare these fields for 2011: Get a soil analysis. Nutrient reserves will be difficult to predict, especially in low areas flooded for long periods. Lack of oxygen limits microbial breakdown of organic matter. Therefore nutrients […] Read more