Canola

Canola, also known as field mustard, was bred naturally from Rapeseed in the 1970's in Manitoba, Canada. A canola plant's life cycle is broken down into nine distinct growth stages from germination to senescence, each of which have specific nutrient requirements.

 

 

A healthy field of canola growing in Northern Ontario image

 

A healthy field of canola in the Earlton, Ontario area. This field produces an average of 48 bushels to the acre of canola in rotation with wheat and soybeans.

 

Unique Challenges

Growing canola brings unique challenges to a farmer in that the seed is very fine (like a radish) and needs to be sown in a shallow, moist bed of soil to promote even, complete germination. This means that soil structure is very important when growing canola. The soil must have good moisture control and retention. Another challenge with canola is that it is known to be especially disease susceptible. Canola has some unique fertilizer requirements that, when not met, weaken the plant making it more susceptible to disease.

 

Building Soil Structure

So, how does a farmer build good soil structure and stop diseases from ruining his crop? Soil that can retain water has high organic matter. Soil that is high in beneficial microbes is low in disease-causing pathogens. Biologically-friendly fertilizer programs from Agriculture Solutions promote beneficial microbes that greatly reduce the threat of overwhelming disease pressure. These microbes also build organic matter so you can successfully germinate and grow a strong and prolific canola crop year-on-year, in the same field, as opposed to every fourth year like conventional methods would suggest.

 

The Right Fertilizer

Agriculture Solutions offers both conventional and organic fertilizer blends and full-season programs to make your canola the best it can be. Contact us to get more information about creating a customized program for your canola.

 

Sample Canola Program