July 28, Farming Smarter took 40 people for a swishy ride through mud tracks to learn about canola pollination, canola and wheat diseases and to see how our purposefully hail damaged crops are recovering.
Some of the many canola pollinators in southern Alberta
Sam Robinson, AAFC, gave a detailed talk about southern Alberta pollinators that work on commodity and seed canola crops. He explained that seed and commodity canola have different pollination requirements.
Ron Howard discusses the top 5 canola diseases
Ron Howard took participants through the five major diseases of canola and offered some tips for identifying and controlling them.
Ken Coles explained the methods used to simulate hail damage on canola and wheat. Participants got to see up close different recovery treatment results on different damage levels at different times.
Ken Coles standing in front of 100% damaged canola and the machine that did it.
Dr. Reem Aboukhaddour led the group through identifying and controlling wheat diseases before everyone climbed out of the mud and back to the Quonset for an excellent lunch.
Dr. Reem Aboukhaddour had many photos and samples for participants to see.
This was Farming Smarter’s last Plot Hop of 2016. We want to thank our sponsors, partners, presenters and participants for making 2016 a great Plot Hop/Field School season.
Canola pollination on the prairie
Hail recovery trial project by Farming Smarter
Diseases in canola on the Canadian prairie
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Created July 28, 2016 | Category: News Articles