Hungry hoards of tiny flea beetles are part of the brassica crop landscape. Damage the past few years, particularly for the Eastern Prairies, is beyond normal and has farmers looking at lower action thresholds, later seeding dates and steps to improve the efficacy of insecticide sprays.
Canola Council of Canada agronomy specialist Jason Casselman is digging into tile drainage as a land improvement option for farms in Western Canada. The $1,000 to $1,400 per acre investment works for many decades to improve productivity, especially in land where ponding and crop drown-outs are common.
Canola Eat Well has redesigned its website to refocus the way it talks to Canadian consumers about canola.
Recent research projects give us an update on the state of herbicide-resistant weeds on the Prairies, and provide tips for effective prevention and management. Outside agronomic expertise may help with a practical integrated weed management plan.