Verticillium stripe’s prevalence has been on a steady upward trajectory in the Eastern Prairies. In Manitoba, it was found in 38 per cent of canola fields surveyed in 2022 – a level similar to sclerotinia stem rot. But severity remains uncertain. Researchers don’t know if it causes sclerotinia levels of yield loss.
Canola and all other grains will naturally form a peak when augered into a storage bin. Because air takes the path of least resistance, it often exits the grain mass before reaching the peak. Flattening the peak will help with uniform conditioning and drying.
With steps to improve seed survival, canola growers can stretch the seed supply to cover as many acres as possible while also achieving the target stand needed for yield potential.
The tool provides a quick read on dozens of plant characteristics, making it handy for research. University of Alberta plant scientist Linda Gorim is using MultispeQ in a project to identify canola lines with the greatest photosynthetic capacity.