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Published on Thu, 06/15/2017 by BASF Canada

Drydown application ‘very important’ for straight-cutting canola

Drydown application ‘very important’ for straight-cutting canola

The trend of straight-cutting in canola has gained traction in recent years, particularly with farmers managing an increasing number of farm acres. A 2015 study from Ipsos found 74 percent of growers surveyed are interested in trying straight-cutting canola on their farm. Agronomists estimate that half of all canola acres will be harvested using straight-cutting by 2020.  

Those who do it, cite benefits of better management of acres, larger seeds, less green seed, reduced dockage compared to swathing, and improved weed control.

Published on Mon, 06/05/2017 by BASF Canada

Bullish market for canola puts focus on disease management

Bullish market for canola puts focus on disease management

The 2017 season is poised to be a big year for canola growers. Economists predict canola earnings to range from $11.45 to $12.15/bu, and Agri-Food and Agriculture Canada released its first seeded acre estimates for 2017, with canola up 3.1 percent to 21M acres – a five-year high. Many regions throughout Saskatchewan are estimating upwards of 40 percent of the acres will have canola on them, which begs the question: how many of these acres will be a canola-snow-canola rotation?

Last year was a perfect storm for sclerotinia infection in the prairies.

Published on Tue, 05/16/2017 by BASF Canada

Use multiple modes of action to protect pulses from white mould and address weed resistance

Use multiple modes of action to protect pulses from white mould and address weed resistance

Use multiple modes of action to protect pulses from white mould and address weed resistance

Pulse acres are growing rapidly in Western Canada, and with tighter rotations comes a need for growers to protect their crops from such diseases as white mould.

Published on Tue, 05/16/2017 by BASF Canada

Rotate crop inputs for resistance management and higher profit potential Canola is an economic driver in Western Canada. It con

Rotate crop inputs for resistance management and higher profit potential Canola is an economic driver in Western Canada. It con

Rotate crop inputs for resistance management and higher profit potential

Canola is an economic driver in Western Canada. It contributes $26.7 billion to the Canadian economy each year, and growing crush capacities are providing new opportunities and growth for canola growers.

With growing demand, canola acreage is increasing and crop rotations are getting tighter. These tighter rotations can lead to increased weed pressures and herbicide resistance – all while impacting your bottom line.

Published on Tue, 12/13/2016 by BASF Canada

Protect flax at seeding time for a healthy, vigorous crop

Protect flax at seeding time for a healthy, vigorous crop

Areas of Western Canada experienced significant moisture during the 2016 growing season, making conditions favourable for the development of increased seed- and soil-borne diseases in flax.

Seed- and soil-borne diseases that appear in flax include seed rot, seedling blight and root rot, and these diseases are caused by the Fusarium and Rhizoctonia solani fungi. Seed rot, seedling blight and root rot can lead to significant reductions in germination and emergence, and ultimately a reduction in yield potential.

Published on Thu, 12/01/2016 by BASF Canada

Seed treatments help break the Fusarium lifecycle

Seed treatments help break the Fusarium lifecycle

Fusarium is a fungus that survives in a wide range of hosts, causes significant losses in grain yield and quality, and is easily spread by wind. Noteworthy for Canadian growers, the Fusarium fungus can overwinter in soil, or on crop and grass residues.

Published on Tue, 11/22/2016 by BASF Canada

New Clearfield Canola hybrids offer disease and agronomic performance along with specialty oil traits

New Clearfield Canola hybrids offer disease and agronomic performance along with specialty oil traits

Canola acres have grown 50 percent over the past ten years and will continue to grow, making it an economic driver for growers in Western Canada. This growth, which is accompanied by a demand for specialty canola oils such as high-oleic or omega 9 oils, strengthens the call for the development of new, high-performance seed varieties.

“Canola has become the real economic driver for a lot of farms in Western Canada. As a result, growers are increasing the frequency of it in their rotations,” said Derwyn Hammond, Area Agronomist with DuPont Pioneer.

Published on Thu, 11/17/2016 by BASF Canada

Maximizing soybean production: The importance of inoculation

Maximizing soybean production: The importance of inoculation

In agriculture, practices and standards are constantly evolving to maximize crop health and yield. In soybeans, common practice is to inoculate first-time soybean fields, in order to stimulate higher numbers of nitrogen-fixing rhizobia bacteria that promote plant health and help increase yield. However, agronomists are now encouraging growers to always inoculate, and even to double inoculate established soybean fields.

Published on Tue, 11/15/2016 by Nature Conservancy of Canada

Get Into the True Spirit of the Holidays with These Five Tips

Get Into the True Spirit of the Holidays with These Five Tips

Ready for the holidays? Finding or receiving the ultimate gift may feel great, but helping others is more rewarding. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the gift shopping you’ll be doing, check out these tips for getting into the holiday spirit:

Published on Wed, 11/02/2016 by BASF Canada

Specific rhizobia bacteria lead to maximum benefits in peas and lentils

Specific rhizobia bacteria lead to maximum benefits in peas and lentils

Although being buried alive is considered a general fear among humans, to help promote crop yield, it is an inoculant’s job to be buried alive. Inoculants are applied to seed or in-furrow because they contain rhizobium; living bacteria that help fix atmospheric nitrogen into a form of nitrogen that plants can use.

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