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Western Update – What Now for Verticillium Wilt, Fewer Wheat Acres & Camelina Approved for Feed

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 Canola School: Verticillium Wilt Confirmed in Canola – What Now?

It’s too early to say how big a problem verticillium wilt could become for the Canadian canola industry, but it should be on the radar for growers, says the crop pathologist taking the lead on the new disease issue within Manitoba Agriculture.

As reported by Real Ag last week, the first known case of Verticillium longisporum on an oilseed crop in North America was confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency this past fall.

Fewer Winter Wheat Acres, But No Major Surprises – January USDA Report Highlights
Fewer winter wheat acres were planted than what the market thought, but other than that, the first USDA report of the new year, released Monday morning, did not contain any major surprises.

“This really was a wave of new numbers for the market to digest, and yet if you look across the whole scope of it, there’s not a lot that on its own was really surprising,” says Jon Driedger, senior analyst and risk management portfolio manager with FarmLink Marketing Solutions in the interview below.


Camelina Approved for Broiler Chicken Feed
There could soon be new demand for the oilseed crop camelina as a feed ingredient for poultry. Camelina seed company Smart Earth Seeds is welcoming the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s approval of feeding cold-pressed non-solvent extracted camelina meal to broiler chickens at up to 12 percent inclusion. Camelina is a drought tolerant oilseed that can be grown with low inputs on marginal land. It is rich in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. Camelina oil can be used in industrial applications, including biofuels, motor oils, hydraulic fluids and lubricants.

Wheat School – Spotting Herbicide Resistant Wild Oats
Herbicide resistant wild oats are pretty easy to identify, says Neil Harker, a research scientist in weed ecology and crop management at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lacombe Research Centre.

“You generally see them in patches. If you see [wild oats] in real straight lines, then you suspect a sprayer error, but if you just see them in little patches out there, you…can often assume – at least in Alberta – that they’re going to be resistant.”


 Farm Input Costs Should Drop With Low Oil Prices, Eventually
oilLow oil prices should translate into reduced input prices for farmers, but don’t expect to see major declines in fertilizer prices before the 2015 growing season, according to a lending institution consultant speaking at St. Jean Farm Days in Manitoba this week. “I think in the long run we will see our cost of production decrease. It’s going to be difficult in the second quarter when we start to seed or the third quarter when we start to harvest – I don’t think we’re going to see that significant drop particularly for nitrogen or fertilizer prices,” says Brad Magnusson of Magnusson Consulting Group in the video below.

Created January 16, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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