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Canola hybrids today offer potential yields not thought possible a decade ago. According to CropLife Canada, canola yields on average are more than 20 percent higher than in 2000, thanks largely to improved genetic technology. It's a high value crop, contributing over $15 billion a year to the Canadian economy. Canola is always in high rotation across the Canadian Prairies, and each year there are a number of threats to its success.

Manage resistant weeds to reduce threat

Top of mind for canola growers is the spread of resistant weeds. Of primary concern is resistant kochia, which has shown resistance to both Group 2 and Group 9 herbicides. There are a number of ways to manage resistance, including the use of multiple chemistries from different herbicide groups.

Tank mix Pardner® herbicide with your pre-seed application of glyphosate to control all volunteer canola and over 28 other broadleaf weeds, even if they are tolerant to other herbicide groups.
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Key diseases

The quickest way to lose out on canola yield is to let sclerotinia take hold. In fact, according to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the average grower lost $38,000 to the disease in 2012. A preventative and curative foliar fungicide can keep it from damaging your bottom line. Diseases such as blackleg and clubroot can be best addressed with a resistant hybrid variety. Other diseases, like seed-borne alternaria and rhizoctonia root rots and seedling blights can be stopped at the ground level with a seed treatment.

Proline West
Proline® fungicide is the number one choice of canola growers for effective sclerotinia protection, effectively reducing infection rates by up to 80%.
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Insects and other issues

When considering insect control, the economic threshold is determined by factors such as crop price, input costs, weather, insect populations and growth stage. The Canola Council of Canada lists economic threshold levels for problem insects in canola, such as flea beetles, diamondback moths, bertha armyworms, lygus bugs, cabbage seedpod weevils and others.

Decis Prairies
Decis® insecticide provides fast, effective control of a wide range of insects, including flea beetles, grasshoppers, Bertha armyworms, cutworms and diamondback moths.
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