Production / Agronomy

  • FIELD SELECTION / CROP ROTATION
    • Not really any restrictions
    • Avoid High trash cover field
      (i.e. winter wheat)

  • HERBICIDE RESIDUAL PROBLEMS
    • Mostly Lontrel types
    • Minor problems with muster

  • VARIETY
    • Earlier type and very light sensetive
    • Good germination and vigor

  • INNOCULANTS
    • 30 day liquid on seed
    • 7-12 lbs/ac granular inoculant
      *use higher rates on virgin or cooler minimum tillage soils

  • SEED TREATMENTS
    • Only Cruiser Maxx Vibrance

  • FERTILIITY
    • *No nitrogen at all
    • 0-40 lbs of phosphate depending on seed placement
    • 0-60 lbs potash broadcast
      (usually none is required

  • SEEEDING DATE
    • Ideal May 10 – May 25
    • Possible May 1 – June 10
    • Seed when soils are warming up

  • SEEDING RATE
    • Solid seeding 200,000 – 220,000 seeds/ac
    • Row crop 170,000 – 190,000 seeds/ac

  • HERBICIDE PROGRAM
    • Roundup
      • Higher rates if needed
      • Anytime up to flowering
    • Volunteer Canola
      • Cut rate of pursuit
      • Pre emerge burn off
      • Pinnacle
      • Reflex
      • Valtera
      • Basagran

  • INSECTS
    • Soybean Aphids: up to recent only an occasional problem in Red River Valley. Easy to kill and rarely a problem in the west.
    • Spider Mites: very rare in the valley
  • DISEASE
    • Roote Bourne: most varieties have reasonable tolerance and Cruiser Maxx Vibrance and rotation help
    • Foliar Diseases: most disease result in minor yield loses. Sclerotinia can cause moderate reduction in yield. Only rotation and new seed treatment reduces the problem. Also Row crop spacing helps and lighter seeding rates.

  • HARVEST
    • Best Method: straight combining with a flex header
    • Swathing
    • No need to desiccate
    • Dry is 13-13.5% moisture

  • STORAGE
    • Keeps well especially if sample is clean
    • Tough grain dries down easily with aeration

  • MARKETING
    • Easy and flexible in the Red River Valley
    • Getting a lot better outside the valley
    • Main line grain elevators, smaller grain brokers and small processors
    • Hedging up to 3 years

  • GRADING
    • Very easy
    • Much lower chance of downgrades
      *Cracked kernels are usually not dockage
    • Lower Dockage

  • REVENUE / COST
    • Lower cost/ac than Canola $110-120/ac
    • Revenue depends more on moisture for the area. Yield:
      Dry conditions 20-25bu/ac
      Moist conditions 30-35bu/ac

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