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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



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



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