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Addressing Issues from the 2017 Crop Year

By Kaeley Kindrachuk, B.App.Sc., AT, Regional Crops Specialist, Outlook

October 2017

Canola near Glamis, SK.
As the end of harvest approaches, the time begins to reflect on the previous year and to plan for the next. The issues from 2017 varied by region, but most producers in Saskatchewan faced multiple challenges throughout the growing season. From excessive moisture to dry conditions, the weather varied substantially from farm to farm causing seeding delays and slow germination. While flea beetles and cutworms were not as devastating as they were in 2016, some areas of the province that still had severe damage. For most producers it was relatively easy to make a fungicide application decision, but some had to monitor their crops for economic thresholds of other insects, such as diamondback moth and bertha armyworm larvae and the cabbage seedpod weevil. Near the end of the growing season, clubroot, a serious disease for canola producers, appeared in the province. This has raised many questions about what to do going forward. A challenge for flax producers was a long harvest, while waiting for the crop to dry down.

Provincially, one of the most common issues for producers is herbicide-resistant weeds. Different areas of the province have different weed problems, and sometimes the problem is not noticed until it is too late. In some cases, it is helpful to be aware of what weeds are resistant and symptoms of herbicide resistance. Managing these weeds will be ongoing for a number of years, and producers and agronomists must remain diligent in trying to prevent further resistance.

The range of challenges this year left many producers with questions about growing oilseeds in Saskatchewan and maximizing their profits, while minimizing their risks. The annual Oilseed Meetings are November 14-17, 2017 in Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Rosetown and North Battleford, respectively.  These meetings will feature Hugh Beckie, Research Scientist- Herbicide Resistant Plants, with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada who will share results of the recent Saskatchewan Herbicide Resistance Survey and Stan Jeeves, producer from Wolseley, SK, will talk about creating and executing a grain-marketing plan. Other speakers will focus on local research on canola and flax agronomy and production practices in Saskatchewan and tailor to each location. Saskatchewan Agriculture organizes these meetings in partnership with SaskCanola and SaskFlax.

For producers on the east side of the province, a separate set of meetings will be scheduled for the winter months. More details will be available soon.

For more information or to register:

  • Visit or call 1-877-241-7044
  • Contact Kaeley Kindrachuk, Regional Crops Specialist, Outlook at 306-867-5506

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