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Hybrid mustard matches canola yield, but disease concerns remain

Strong mustard prices and available hybrid varieties have prompted a few farmers from outside the crop’s traditional growing regions to consider growing the oilseed.

Cory Jacobs, crops specialist for the Province of Saskatchewan, said elevated mustard prices make the new hybrid varieties worth trying, even in northern areas of the province.

“The main thing if you’re looking to grow mustard is to watch out for canola contamination,” Jacobs said.

“It’s a different management style compared to canola. So, if they’re willing to try something, I’d say give it a try. Prices are strong now. In the future I don’t know, but I think we’re showing that we can limit the yield gap between canola (and) mustard.”

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