Canola School: Maximizing yield potential after a tough seeding season

Canola seedlings have skilled a tough begin in lots of areas of the Prairies this 12 months.

In Manitoba and jap Saskatchewan, the crop has needed to come by flooding, broadcast seeding, compaction, crusting, and flea beetles (keep away, grasshoppers), whereas it’s been the other soil moisture situation in drought-stricken elements of Alberta and western Saskatchewan.

In this new Canola School episode, Chris Manchur, the Canola Council of Canada’s new agronomy specialist for jap Manitoba, discusses the outcomes of seeding in moist circumstances — Manitoba Agriculture estimates as many as 15 per cent of canola acres within the province had been broadcast seeded — and what it means for shielding yield potential by to reap.

“It’s actually necessary to determine what sort of plant stand you will have as a result of that’s going to dictate the way you’re going to be managing the yield potential transferring ahead,” says Manchur.

Whether checking fields for flea beetles and different insect pests, weeds, or illness afterward, “if in case you have a decrease plant stand, you’re going to wish to be scouting rather more regularly.”

Thinner canola stands can even have extra variability in staging on the subject of spraying and harvest, as crops department out to fill within the gaps. “You’re going to have pods in your central stem mature in a different way than the branching sides,” notes Manchur.

5 to eight crops per sq. foot remains to be the goal, however stands with 3 or 4 crops per sq. foot nonetheless have good yield potential, doubtless solely averaging round 5 bushels per acre much less, he says.

The Canola Council has introduced again its Canola Counts calculator and survey program for the 2022 rising season to assist growers decide emergence charges and accumulate information for mapping emergence and plant densities throughout Western Canada. You can discover the software/survey right here.

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