Canola growers across the province gathered at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Centre at Saskatoon for CanolaPalooza.

The event is a key learning opportunity for producers and agronomists it covers everything from crop rotation to stand establishment, disease, insects, harvest management and more.

Shawn Senko, an Agronomy Specialist with the Canola Council of Canada, says this year’s Canola crop is quite variable:

“You know we had a tough start to it. Some places got showers some more than others, so, just depends on when that rain came and how much came. Every little thing this year, seeding depth, any little errors really show up on a year like this where you have moisture deficits. Like I say the theme is variable, some better-looking canola crops and some that are still struggling.”

John Ippolito, a Crops Extension Specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture was one of the speakers at the event and talked about extending your crop rotation.

He says diseases like Blackleg and Clubroot are pushing us to longer rotations, noting they’d like to see a minimum of three to four years for Canola.

“Ideally in the north where Clubroot is kind of at this point found to be more of a problem and the canola-cereal rotation was found to be more prevalent; it’s trying to find that pulse crop that fits in there has been one of our biggest challenges.”

He notes producers are looking at the profitability and agronomic potential of adding Field Peas, Soybeans or Fababeans.