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Does Wider Canola Row Spacing Optimize Returns… Or Risk Consequences?

Seeding canola wide can impact everything from seed cost to weed management to disease potential, but what spacing offers the best reward and least risk?

Typical row spacing in most commercial canola fields varies from seven to 12 inches. That’s higher than the six-to-eight-inch spacing used in canola’s earliest years, and much more precise thanks to today’s seeding technology.

Given new research findings and increasing agronomic understanding, is seven to 12 inches the very best option? Could a specific spacing inside that range offer maximum yield or quality benefit, or could going wider, say 15 inches or even 18, save seed while optimizing disease management?

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