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Flea beetle. (Photo courtesy Canola Council of Canada)

Flea beetle damage ‘moderate’ across Prairies so far

Levels in Manitoba hit thresholds for spraying, reseeding canola

MarketsFarm — Flea beetles, cutworms and diamondback moths are only a few of the pests Prairie farmers have to deal with — and this year, so far, damage from flea beetles and cutworms has varied, as have moth counts. “Flea beetles are common throughout the Prairies, everywhere we grow canola. We haven’t been able to […] Read more

New growth on a canola plant following a frost indicates the seedling has survived. (Canola Council of Canada photo)

Take time to judge frost damage on canola

After temperatures Thursday dropped as low as -5 C in parts of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, growers who’ve already seeded may be wondering whether emerging canola plants have survived. It’s best not to write off those seedlings right away, according to the Canola Council of Canada in a Canola Watch newsletter on Friday. It can take […] Read more


Bayer postpones plant opening to meet canola seed demand

Frost, wind, moisture and even flea beetles have already devastated Prairie canola crops this season, leading to unprecedented reseeding — and seed companies are struggling to meet the extra demand. Bayer CropScience announced Thursday it will postpone Friday’s scheduled grand opening of its new Lethbridge, Alta. seed processing plant, so staff can focus on meeting […] Read more

Brown mustard. (Peggy Greb photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Frost damage to Prairie mustard still to be determined

CNS Canada –– The president of the Saskatchewan Mustard Development Commission says he’s optimistic this year’s mustard crop will be OK after temperatures dipped below freezing over the weekend. In an interview Monday, Richard Marleau said it will take another four to five days before anyone knows for sure. In southwestern Saskatchewan, “it was 0 […] Read more

Canola at the cotyledon stage. (Photo courtesy Canola Council of Canada)

Some S. Manitoba canola ‘wiped out’ in weekend frost

CNS Canada –– Many canola crops in southern Manitoba were badly damaged by frost early Saturday morning, leading farmers to reseed fields, one local farmer reports. “There’s quite a bit of canola that has been damaged, and some guys are reseeding. Some guys are still assessing, though,” said Anastasia Kubinec, oilseed specialist with Manitoba, Agriculture, […] Read more