Below is a comprehensive, alphabetically ordered list of 16 agronomic resources available for your reference when producing canola, including: Agronomists, Canola Diagnostic Tool, Canola Digest, Canola Encyclopedia, Canola Growers Manual, Canola Performance Trials, Canola Research Hub, Canola School, Canola Watch, Clubroot, Keep It Clean, Market Prospects, Prairie Pest Monitoring Network, SaskCanola Research Results, Sclerotinia Risk Assessment, and Spray to Swath Interval Calculator.
Through your levy dollars, Saskatchewan canola producers have access to independent, third party agronomists to assist you with canola production inquiries. These agronomists are up to date on the latest canola production research and have a network of expert contacts. If you have questions about regional canola production issues, click here to contact an agronomist in your area.
Canola Diagnostic Tool
The Canola Diagnostic Tool is intended to be a screening tool that can help with diagnosing issues in your field. These issues are usually multi-layered and not attributable to a single factor, however the tool will help you arrive at a short list of possible causes. Further consultation with an agronomist or lab analysis can also be done to help you confirm your diagnosis.
Canola Digest is the official publication of Canada's canola producers. It covers a range of topics from agronomics to the latest developments in the canola industry. The magazine is published four times a year and distributed to more than 40,000 readers across Canada. For advertisers, it's an opportunity to connect with Canada's most progressive farmers and industry leaders. Since its inception in 2013, the wildly popular Science Edition of Canola Digest is published every November, providing canola producers with the latest updates on producer funded research.
The Canola Encyclopedia is a resource with several chapters that cover topics including: crop development, field characteristics, crop establishment, crop nutrition, fertilizer management, insects, weeds, diseases, managing harvest, and storage management.
Canola Growers Manual
The Canola Growers Manual is a resource with 14 chapters that cover topics including: the basis of canola yields, canola varieties, growth stages, effects of moisture, temperature, frost, hail, acidity, salinity, solonetzic, soil preparation, crop establishment, soil fertility, integrated pest management, weeds, insects, diseases, swathing, combining, storage, conditioning, grading, and marketing.
Canola Performance Trials
Canola Performance Trials (CPT) represent the next generation in variety evaluation for Western Canadian canola growers. The three Prairie canola grower groups – Alberta Canola Producers Commission, Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, and the Manitoba Canola Growers Association – fund the program. The Canola Council of Canada delivers the program on their behalf. Trials provide relevant and unbiased performance data that reflects actual production practices, and comparative data on leading varieties and newly introduced varieties. Results are based on a number of small plot and field scale trails distributed across the Prairies.
Canola Research Hub
The Canola Research Hub translates agronomy research findings into tangible on-farm practices that result in great productivity and profitability - top science for the bottom line. Use the Canola Research Hub to view recent agronomic research summaries and to search for research results that are most applicable to your farm.
From pre-seeding seeder set-up and checks, to pest and beneficial insect identification, advice on nutrient management decisions, to tips on determining swath timing, RealAgriculture's Canola School is a video series that tackles every facet of the canola growing season in an engaging and informative format. The Canola School is made possible through a three-part partnership between the Manitoba Canola Growers Association, SaskCanola, and the Alberta Canola Producers Commission.
Canola Watch is a free, unbiased, timely, and research focused publication. Delivered directly to your inbox this resource covers topics including crop and weather updates, insect updates, weed management, scouting tips and more. During the growing season, you will receive weekly updates to alert you to possible agronomic issues arising in your area and associated best management practices. Read the lastest issue or sign up today.
Click here for a comprehensive source for clubroot information. Click here to access the provincial Clubroot Management Plan. Click here to sign up for free clubroot soil testing. Click here for the Clubroot Management Tips and Scouting PDF.
Keep It Clean
Importers are always on the lookout for unwanted residues, so follow the Keep It Clean guidelines closely. Shipments that contain even the smallest amount of de-registered varieties, pesticide residues or blackleg residues just don’t float anymore. Importing countries will turn them away, causing millions of dollars in losses and placing future business at risk.
Market Prospects programming airs during CTV's weekly FarmGate program and delivers timely agricultural market information, analysis, and education to prairie farmers. SaskCanola is a sponsor of Market Prospects.
Prairie Pest Monitoring Network
The Prairie Pest Monitoring Network (PPMN) weekly updates are a great way to keep up to date on insect reports across the country. SaskCanola is a core funder of the PPMN.
SaskCanola Research Results
For every $1 of SaskCanola commitment invested in agronomic research in 2016, it was matched by partner funding of $3.71. With these new commitments, SaskCanola continues in the pursuit of providing value back to producers who can implement these research results into their farm operations. SaskCanola research results are posted continually to the SaskCanola website, with both summary and full reports available.
Sclerotinia Risk Assessment
Click here to access the Sclerotinia Risk Assessment tool.
Seeding Rate Calculator
Click here to calculate your optimum canola seeding rate or use this calculator after seeding to undertsand your emergence.
Spray to Swath Interval Calculator
Use the Spray to Swath Interval Calculator to determine how many days you need to leave between pesticide application and cutting. The Spray to Swath Interval is the minimum number of days between when you apply pesticides and when you can swath or straight combine your crop. On farm chemical labels, you'll see it referred to as the Pre-Harvest Interval (PHI). Our export customers have strict regulations on the types of trace residues they allow in canola. Pesticide residues in canola are detectable and tested. Protect the quality of your load and the Canadian canola industry by allowing enough time between pesticide application and cutting.
Target Plant Density Calculator
Click here learn how to set a target plant density in plants/ft2 or plants/m2 that fits with your individual field conditions, abilities and appetite for risk.