Saskatchewan Bulletin

March 2022—Verticillium stripe (VS) of canola is caused by the fungal species Verticillium longisporum. It was first detected in 2014 and then found across the Prairies in disease surveys in 2015. Although new to Canada, it is a serious problem for canola growers in Europe – and there is potential for it to have a similar...
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Saskatchewan Bulletin

January 2022—SaskCanola has supported research to demonstrate the positive impact of modern agriculture on soil health and the environment. One such study is the Prairie Soil Carbon Balance Project (PSCBP), which analyzed thousands of soil samples over a 15-year period on farms across the province. The federal government has indicated their intention to increase the carbon...
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Science Edition 2021—Blackleg – the silent yield robber Are you managing this disease effectively? Blackleg, caused by the fungal pathogen Leptosphaeria maculans (L. maculans), is a serious canola disease that can cause significant yield losses and reduce the sustainability of canola production if it is not managed effectively. Blackleg has been a production challenge in Canada since...
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Saskatchewan Bulletin

November 2021—SaskCanola strategically invests in various areas of canola research, including canola utilization – which benefits both crop and livestock producers. “Research funded by Saskatchewan canola growers has demonstrated the benefit of canola meal in the diets of dairy cattle,” says Dale Leftwich, Policy Manager with SaskCanola. “This has elevated canola meal from a by-product to...
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September 2021—Investing in research at the early pre-breeding or germplasm-enhancement stage provides the foundational pieces that complement commercial hybrid seed breeding programs and the ultimate release of new traits and hybrids. SaskCanola strategically invests in canola research, including several upstream projects in germplasm enhancement and trait development. “Our pre-breeding research and innovation strategy encompasses germplasm enhancement,...
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