Canola Colleges At More Locations In 2009

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The Canola Council of Canada’s Canola Colleges will be available at more locations this year.

“We are responding to the comments from potential participants in past years that indicated travel to one of the three main locations was a barrier to their attendance,” says Chris Anderson, CCC vice-president of crop production.

Guest speakers as well as CCC agronomy specialists will bring their presentations and demonstrations to a central location in each of the three Prairie Provinces, including Nisku on February 26th. In addition, the CCC agronomy specialists will provide a similar agenda at three additional satellite canola colleges including Grande Prairie on March 11th and Medicine Hat on March 19th.

Main themes this year will be stand establishment and fertility management.

“Stand establishment was the theme of our first college and it is time to revisit,” says Derwyn Hammond, CCC agronomy specialist. “This is particularly important in light of the challenges many growers faced last spring.”

Areas covered under this theme will include yield response to plant population, management factors that impact successful stand establishment (including crop sequence and equipment considerations) and diagnostic tips for dealing with stand establishment problems.

The fertilizer theme will examine factors that affect the nutrient supplying power of the soil and the current economics of nutrient applications, including some novel crop nutrient sources.

The course fee is $100 plus GST and includes the day’s presentations, a light breakfast, lunch, a copy of the proceedings and an updated canola information package.

Attendees of any of these events are eligible to receive Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits.

Space at each event is limited. Register on-line by visiting www.canolacouncil.orgor contact Gail Hoskins at 1-866-479-0853.

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