GFM Network News


Cool Your Canola

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

Take Time Now To Prep New Drill

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


Tips For Soil Sampling In Winter

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

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