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Feb 13

Get timely agronomy tips from Canola Watch

Posted on Feb 13 By: Autumn Barnes, Canola Council of Canada

Canola Watch provides timely agronomy tips based on what’s going on in canola fields that week. The Canola Council of Canada service is free and you can sign up here.

Canola Watch is aimed at agronomists, retailers and farmers across Western Canada who want a few extra sets of eyes to help them predict and manage things like cabbage seedpod weevil or bertha armyworm outbreaks and provides reminders on how to assess sclerotinia stem rot risk factors and fungicide timing, to give just a couple of examples. The posts include photos and scouting tips, as well as information on economic thresholds and control options. 

The decision on which content to include with each posting is based on a weekly conference call with the Canola Council of Canada agronomy specialists as well as invited guests, including provincial extension specialists, canola researchers and representatives from the provincial canola grower organizations. In the days before the call, the CCC agronomy specialists gather information from their regions, often through direct calls to farmers, retailers and other agronomists in their regions. That is how Canola Watch stays on top of current field situations.

Canola Watch editor Jay Whetter chairs the conference call and makes notes. He then turns the notes into articles that are reviewed by everyone on the call before they’re posted and shared through the email subscription list. All articles are also stored and searchable on for reading at any time and by anyone. Canola Watch also includes a fun and informative quiz in most emails because “if it’s fun, it gets done”.

The goal of Canola Watch is to provide information critical to identify canola production threats in each field and then to make the best economic decisions. A profitable canola crop starts with a uniform, healthy stand of five to eight plants per square foot, and canola stand establishment will be a common theme in Canola Watch content over the next couple of months. Here are links to a couple of canola stand establishment articles that farmers, agronomists and input retailers will find useful: 

Seeding-time decisions to improve profit

Missing plants. What’s the cause?

Why count canola stems in the fall?


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