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Canola on target in Sask.

Canola on target in Sask.

Timely rainfall in the province is helping the 2020 canola crop

Staff Writer

While some areas in Saskatchewan are a little behind, overall, the canola crops look good, said Cory Jacob.

He’s the provincial specialist for oilseed crops for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture.

“We see some crops that are behind in development, particularly in the east-central part of the province and into the northwest and northeast part of the province. Part of that is due to later seeding. In the east-central part of the province, (producers) had to leave a lot of crop overwinter so they had to harvest it in the spring before they could seed,” he told

“We heard of some patchy crops and some patchy emergence in parts of the province due to it being quite dry this spring. … It's not impacting a lot of acres, but it is still notable,” he said.

Part of the province also faced dry conditions at the start of the year and into the growing season, but recent rainfall is helping canola stay on track, said Jacob. However, the northern parts of Saskatchewan are receiving a little too much moisture, he added.

“If the rain stops, they're going to have some very good canola crops,” said Jacob.

Disease and pest pressure on canola is low right now. Some producers applied fungicide for sclerotinia, which paid off. Producers should also scout for clubroot in their canola, he said.

While the canola outlook can change very quickly depending on Mother Nature, Saskatchewan’s crop is on target to produce good yields this year, said Jacob.

“I think producers will be pleased with how the crops look and the outlook is good for this year,” he said.

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