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The right Canola seed for the right Target Plant Population

We count the seeds, so you can make them count.

For years, DEKALB® has been packaging by seed count with Corn and Soybeans. Now we’re bringing the same precision to Canola. DEKALB has the technology and ability to accurately measure TSW (Thousand Seed Weight) and fill each back with the optimal amount of Canola seed. In other words, it’s not about how much a bag weighs, but rather it’s about making sure you get the right number of seeds in every bag of DEKALB Canola to get the most out of your season.

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We may have changed the way we sell and package Canola seed, but our commitment to helping you experience an easier, faster, smoother harvest will always remain the same.

Target Plant Population for DEKALB Canola

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Optimal Agronomic Performance

Putting DEKALB Canola to work for you.

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Give your canola the target plant population advantage.

Our research has shown (consistent with the Canola Council of Canada*) that a target plant population of 5 to 8 plants/ft2* will maintain the yield potential of your canola crop. Any less, and you leave your field more vulnerable to weeds. Any more and you risk potential thinner, less productive plants, that are more prone to lodging. To put it another way, 5 to 8 plants/ft2* is the perfect way to set your Canola crop up for success. Our recommended seeding rate is 10 seeds/ft2. With average canola survivability in Western Canada ranging from 50 to 80%, this seeding rate supports a target plant population of 5 to 8 plants/ft2.
*Canola Council of Canada. Canola Encyclopedia.


Optimal seeding rates. It’s not about bag weight. It’s about precision.

We have a long history of packaging by seed count with corn and soybeans and now we’re applying the same methods of precision to canola seed. Using our unique ability to accurately measure TSW (Thousand seed weight), we can ensure that every bag of DEKALB Canola contains no less than 4.25M seeds – the proven optimal Target Plant Population for every 10 acres. Just choose the hybrid that’s right for you and you’re on your way to optimizing the performance of your DEKALB Canola.

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Achieve your best season with DEKALB Canola.

You get about 40 chances to grow your Canola yield of dreams. So, when it comes time to choosing the right Canola seed for your operation, choose one that offers you a full range of products to maximize your yield potential across a wide variety of growing conditions. Because when you’re making every season count, you need a seed you can count on. That’s why we like to say that DEKALB is… The seed for every season.

Calculate your seeding rate on new DEKALB Target Plant Population bag

The recommended seeding rate for DEKALB canola is 10 acres per bag. With every bag filled with no less then 4.25 million seeds per bag the simplest way to calculate your seeding rate, to achieve a target plant population of 5-8 plants/ft2, is to simply divide your DEKALB bag weight by 10 to get your seeding rate in lbs/acre.

How to Calculate this this bag’s seeding rate

Bag’s weight in lbs divided by 10 acres per bag
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which equals to seeding rate in lbs per acre
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which equals to 10 seed per square foot
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which equals to 5 to 8 plants per square foot.
Drill calibrations will need to be completed based on the TSW printed on both the bag and blue Certified Seed Tag to ensure required amount of seed is being planted to achieve the target plant population.
If you wish to further refine your seeding rate based on your target plant population, known or estimated canola survivability on your farm from previous seasons and your canola TSW use the following seeding rate chart.


Frequently Asked Questions

When will DEKALB canola move from packaging by weight to seed count?

This method of seed packaging will be in place for all DEKALB canola hybrids for the 2022 season.

What is canola target plant population?

This is the most precise way to achieve the target plant population (TPP) of 5 to 8 plants/ft2 as recommended by our Agronomic team and consistent with the Canola Council of Canada. For DEKALB Canola that adds up to at least 4.25 million seeds in every bag of DEKALB Canola seed which will seed 10 acres per bag.

Why does DEKALB sell their seed this way?

In order to achieve the optimal plant population of 5 to 8 plants/ft2, our research has determined that packaging by seed count instead of weight ensures that no matter the TSW, there are no less then 4.25 million seeds in every bag. This allows DEKALB canola growers to get the most out of their canola seed.

My bag of DEKALB Canola Seed feels lighter or heavier. What’s up with that?

Years of research and experience with our Corn and Soybean seed portfolios has shown us that it’s not about bag weight but rather the number of seeds you receive in each bag that will allow you to maintain the yield potential of your canola crop. It’s the number of seeds per bag that counts. Regardless of the TSW (thousand seed weight) and corresponding bag weight, each DEKALB bag will contain no less than 4.25 million seeds.

What are the SKU sizes that I can order my DEKALB canola in?

You can order DEKALB canola in bags, totes and SeedPaks which will contain no less than:

  • 4.25M seeds/bag . 10 acres/bag
  • 85M seeds/tote . 200 acres/tote
  • 170M seeds/SeedPak . 400 acres/SeedPak

What is the formula for calculating seeding rates?

If you wish to further refine your seeding rate based on your target plant population, TSW size and known or estimated survivability on your farm, use the seeding rate chart above or the formula:

Seeding Rate1 (lbs/acre) = 9.6 x Desired Plant Stand (Plants/FT2) x TSW (grams) divided by Estimated Survivability
Sources

1 Canola Council of Canada. Canola Encyclopedia. https://www.canolacouncil.org/canola-encyclopedia/plant-establishment/seeding-rate/

What are the risks of low plant populations?

  • Non-uniform plant stand – this may be affected by the seeding practices or the field variability. A low emergence rate could be the cause of low plant density. In fields that historically have patchy stands, a low seeding rate can compound the issue
  • Weed control – low plant densities allow more room for weeds to grow. Vigilant weed management will be important if plant densities are lower2
  • Uneven maturity – low plant stands may have increased branching. This can cause delayed maturity since branches flower and mature later than the main stem. In a short growing season, maturity may be an important factor to consider3
  • Extended flowering time due to increased branching in low plant populations can make it difficult to stage and time a proper sclerotinia fungicide application

Sources

2 Canola Council of Canada. Target plant density.https://www.canolacouncil.org/calculator/target-plant-density

3 Canola Council of Canada. 2020. Why does canola lodge? In Canola Watch August 12, 2020.https://www.canolacouncil.org/canola-watch/2020/08/12/why-does-canola-lodge

What are the risks of high plant populations?

  • Lodging – high plant densities (more than 14 plants per square foot) can result in increased lodging as stems are thin and pods may be concentrated at the top of the plant3
  • Disease – high plant densities can be more at risk for yield loss due to sclerotinia. A thick canopy and increased lodging can create ideal conditions for this disease4
  • Internal crop competition – too many plants condensed in a row can lead to crop competition where plants compete for available resources to the point where some plants are thinned out

Sources

3 Canola Council of Canada. 2020. Why does canola lodge? In Canola Watch August 12, 2020. https://www.canolacouncil.org/canola-watch/ 2020/08/12/why-does-canola-lodge/

4 Canola Council of Canada. Canola Encyclopedia. https://www.canolacouncil.org/canola-encyclopedia/

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