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Identifying and controlling cutworms

During cutworm outbreaks, accurate and rapid identification is required to maximize control methods.
Key result: A pest complex of economically significant cutworm species can be found on the Prairies, and outbreaks seem to be occurring with greater frequency. This study has resulted in a DNA protocol for quick, accurate identification of cutworm species; identification of natural enemies and evaluation of their ability to develop on different cutworm species;...
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Consider seed size when targeting optimum plant stand

Key result: Seeding rates should be established based on 1,000-seed weight, using an on-line seeding rate calculator or on-line apps. Project title, Principal investigator: “Seed size and seeding rate effects on canola yield and quality,” Neil Harker, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Lacombe Funding: Alberta Canola, MCGA, SaskCanola, CCC, AAFC, GF2 Recent surveys indicate that approximately...
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The fate of sulphur fertilizers in the soil

Key Result:  Choosing the most suitable sulphur (S) fertilizer for the conditions can be difficult. This study found that soluble sulphates, thiosulphate and gypsum are effective at providing early supplies of plant-available sulphate in the seed row. An early supply of sulphate appears to be important for plant S uptake and yield. Project title, Principal...
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Herbicides that could improve cleavers control

Cleavers species are difficult to control and can cause downgrading and reduce crop quality.

It is important to note that, as of October 2016, clomazone is not yet registered and quinclorac should not be used on canola due to maximum residue limit (MRL) issues. Until exporters and processors are confident that they can ship quinclorac-treated canola without trade concerns, growers are advised to avoid this marketing risk by using other cleavers control methods. Learn more at keepingitclean.ca/canola.

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Identification of superior crop rotations

Key Result: The southeast Peace region has the highest intensity of canola acres and short canola rotations in the western Canadian Prairies. However, this study suggests that this may not be the best choice for growers in terms of long term yield, cropping system sustainability, soil moisture use, root health and economics. Project Title, Principal...
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