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Canola Watch April 5, 2017

Did you miss canoLAB in Vermilion? See all the canoLAB higlights here!
April 5, 2017 – Issue #4
Vincent Hervet leads an insects session at canoLAB Alberta at Lakeland College, Vermilion. Photo Credit: Gregory Sekulic
Highlights from canoLAB 2017canoLAB is one of the Canola Council of Canada’s premier agronomy events, offered in each Prairie province in partnership with the canola grower organizations. Key topics for 2017 included:

Set a target stand. Current canola hybrids can reach their yield potential with populations as low as 4 to 6 plants per square foot, but these plants must be uniform, healthy and protected through to harvest. Growers may find that higher populations reduce the risk of yield loss due to plant loss from insects, disease, frost and other causes throughout the season. The tools at can help set a target stand and appropriate seeding rate.

Refine your disease ID skills. Blackleg and root rots are often confused when assessing the base of the stem for disease. Continuous scouting is needed throughout the growing season to properly diagnosis and identify symptoms within the crop.

READ MORE for many more canoLAB 2017 highlights, photos and links.

In This Issue

> Top 10: Planning and prep jobs for April

1. Get the drill ready, 2. Watch the Canola Stand Establishment video
3. See how much seed you’ll need, 4. Scout for overwintered weeds… READ MORE

> How many canola plants do you need?

Target plant stand and seeding rate calculators at will help achieve the ideal stand for each field. READ MORE

> What’s new in blackleg management?

As many as 10 new blackleg resistance labels will be applied to varieties in the coming years. READ MORE

> How early is too early to seed?

Starting on peas and maybe cereals are usually the preferred early-seeding choices, with canola going in late April/early May. READ MORE

> Spring harvest tips

If growers can’t yet get on the field to finish harvest 2016, a hand-threshed sample provides a quality preview. READ MORE

> Explore canola milestones at

50 years! In 1967, growers, seed developers, processors and exporters formed the Rapeseed Association of Canada, forerunner to the CCC. READ MORE

> Farms needed for these studies…

Ultimate Canola Challenge trials. AAFC research into habitat and pollinators. University of Calgary research on landscape features and their effect on yield. Validation of lygus and flea beetle thresholds. READ MORE

> Don’t grow de-registered varieties

Registration of 46A76 will be cancelled as of August 1, 2017. READ MORE

> Keep It Clean: Pesticide messages for 2017

Use acceptable pesticides only. Only use products registered for your crop and that won’t cause concerns for customers. READ MORE

> Weeds: Pre-seed burndown scenarios

Late harvest could mean missed opportunities for fall weed control and also a big jump in the volunteer canola seedbank. READ MORE

> Herbicide efficacy and water volumes

Higher water volume doesn’t necessarily increase herbicide performance, but it improves the consistency of performance. READ MORE

> canolaPALOOZA dates and registration

The carnival-like event has games, food and fun to make plot tours and agronomy messages more interesting and memorable. Join us in June! READ MORE




This report is supported by each of the provincial canola grower associations. For more information on some of their activities, check out the following links:

The Alberta Canola Producers Commission (ACPC) has a free e-newsletter called Alberta Canola Connections. Visit and click the sign-up icon on the right site of the homepage.

Stay connected with the Manitoba Canola Growers by signing up for their Canola Crush Newsletter at

SaskCanola has a free e-newsletter called SaskCanola Update. Visit and click the sign-up icon on the right side of the homepage to stay connected.

Peace River Agriculture Development Fund, B.C. Ministry of Agriculture & Lands, sponsors Peace River region coverage. For canola activities in British Columbia, visit B.C. Grain Producers Association at

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