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Frost changes canola harvesting plans

Swath canola hit by heavy frost. Canola that was still fairly green when heavy frost hit over the past week will desiccate quickly. Pods can start dropping or shattering within days. Pods dry out prematurely, then shatter or break off at the pedicel. In areas hit by successive heavy frosts, growers planning to straight combine […] Read more

Decisions remain for sclerotinia-damaged canola

Sclerotinia stem rot infestations are high in many canola-growing areas the summer, and the disease will continue to advance even after the crop is swathed. “Sclerotinia is showing up like gangbusters” in northeastern Alberta, according to Doug Moisey, the Canola Council of Canada’s senior agronomy specialist for the region. Alternaria has also been reported, said […] Read more


Straight Cut Or Swath Canola? Know Your Fields

Reading Time: 3 minutes Straight cutting canola can improve yield and seed quality and it can be economical, but under the right conditions, says Tiffany Martinka, agronomy specialist for the Canola Council of Canada (CCC). “Make the decision to straight cut over swathing after you have assessed canola fields individually,” says Martinka. “It’s all about minimizing losses due to […] Read more



Don’t rush to reseed frosted canola acres: CCC

Warm temperatures continue to be elusive for canola growers across much of the Prairies, as many areas continue to experience below-average daytime and nighttime temperatures. In Manitoba alone, the Canola Council of Canada reports, growing degree days (GDD) to date range between 40 to 60 per cent of normal and as a result, emergence, growth […] Read more

Spring Canola Storage: It’s All In The Numbers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Two numbers should be on the minds of producers with canola in their bins – 8 and 15. “For long-term storage canola needs to be kept below eight per cent moisture and 15C,” says Canola Council of Canada agronomist Matthew Stanford. “As oil content goes up, the potential for storage issues increases, so with the […] Read more


Don’t Risk Export Access With De-Registered Varieties

Reading Time: 2 minutes Growers must keep de-registered canola varieties out of fields this spring, says Arvel Lawson, Program Manager for Crop Production with the Canola Council of Canada (CCC). “Canada’s bulk handling system for canola means that all growers play a role in keeping canola export ready,” says Lawson. “Each and every load of canola delivered to the […] Read more

Canola council advises care with early seeding

Growers eager to get out in the field are reminded to take extra caution to avoid the high price of incorrect seeding depth that may result in uneven stands, says Canola Council of Canada senior agronomy specialist Doug Moisey. “Uneven stands can reduce yields and ultimately cost growers money, says Moisey. “Growers should take care to […] Read more


Watch moisture and temperature in stored canola

Two numbers should be on the minds of producers with canola in their bins — 8 and 15. “For long term storage canola needs to be kept below 8 per cent moisture and 15 degrees Celsius” says Canola Council of Canada agronomist Matthew Stanford. “As oil content goes up, the potential for storage issues increases, so […] Read more

Website Features Canola Stand Establishment

Reading Time: 2 minutes Is there an optimal canola seeding rate to maximize farm profitability? What are the most important agronomic considerations, from seeding to 21 days after emergence? Is it possible to manage poor plant stands for profit? A new online source from the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) is providing information on these and many other questions. […] Read more