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Get a Head Start Planning for 2017

By: Kaeley Kindrachuk, Regional Crops Specialist, Outlook

October 2016

This past year presented multiple challenges to the provinces canola, flax and mustard producers. The dry spring gave producers a chance to get into the fields earlier than normal, but the lack of rainfall early on also gave flea beetles and cutworms an advantage over the slow-growing crop. The change in weather during the crops’ flowering stage also presented some problems, providing the perfect environment for the spread of disease, even with the use of fungicide. Once the crop was harvested, there were marketing concerns for some producers. Each area of the province struggled in its own way this year, and many producers have questions about these issues among others, and what can be done to maximize opportunities and manage any risks for next year in their oilseed crops.

The Ministry of Agriculture is once again partnering with SaskCanola, SaskFlax and SaskMustard to host a series of meetings for producers across the province. From November 14-18, growers will have a chance to attend a meeting near them, hear new, relevant and valuable information and interact with the industry experts in oilseeds. Speakers slated for these meetings are Chuck Penner, founder of LeftField Commodity Research who will give an Oilseed Market Outlook; and, Dr. Tom Wolf of AgriMetrix Research & Training will present on Sprayer Technology and there will be a Disease & Insect Update from the Ministry of Agriculture’s Specialists. Other speakers include Rachel Evans from the Flax Council of Canada, agronomists from the Canola Council of Canada, staff from the Canadian Canola Growers Association and Research Managers from Agri-ARM sites presenting new research on canola, flax and mustard agronomy. Managers and directors of SaskCanola, SaskFlax and SaskMustard will be giving brief updates on their organizations.

The meetings will be held over five days in five locations across the province.

Follow these links for more information:

* Please note: SaskMustard and the related topics will only be present at the Swift Current location.

To register for one of these meetings and to view the complete agenda for each location with times, please go to www.saskcanola.com or call the Agriculture Knowledge Centre 1-877-241-7044.

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