Pest Surveillance Initiative

FREE BLACKLEG GENE IDENTIFICATION TESTING FOR MCGA MEMBERS ($200 Value)  Harvest is the perfect time to scout your fields for blackleg and collect a sample for testing through the Pest Surveillance Initiative (PSI) Lab. New technology now allows farmers to identify what races of blackleg are present in their fields.  This allows farmers to choose the canola varieties with resistance gene(s) that

Canola Calculators

Minimize your risk and maximize your profit with this suite of canola tools Optimize your combine settings to improve canola harvest Calculate your optimum canola seeding rate or use this calculator after seeding to understand your emergence Learn how to set a target plant density in plants/ft2 or plants/m2 that fits with your individual field conditions, abilities and appetite for

Canola Performance Trials

The 2016 Canola Performance Trials are now available in the searchable database on the CPT online database and in the 2016 CPT booklet (prior to this only the 2016 small plot data was available on both the online database and in the booklet).  Canola Performance Trials (CPT) represent the next generation in variety evaluation for Western Canadian canola growers.

Spray To Swath Calculator

Find out how many days you need to leave between pesticide application and cutting. Our export customers have strict regulations on the types of trace residues they allow in canola. Pesticide residues in canola are detectable and tested. Protect the quality of your load and the Canadian canola industry by allowing enough time before harvest.

verticillium wilt in canola

Verticillium Wilt

Final Version – September 11, 2015 1 Verticillium wilt of canola  Advice on on-farm biosecurity and best management measures  Verticillium wilt, caused by Verticillium longisporum, is a soil-borne fungal disease, which primarily attacks canola and also other members of the family Brassicaceae. The disease can be spread through the movement of soil and seed that


Sclerotinia has become a yearly concern for most Manitoba canola growers. Many pencil in the potential cost of a fungicide treatment with the assumption it is probably going to be another risky year. Why? Manitoba tends to have the right weather (moderate temperatures and good moisture during flowering) that favour infection and development, as well

Canola Encyclopedia

Canola Encyclopedia

The Canola Encyclopedia is a great resource that is broken down into several chapters covering topics including; crop development, field characteristics, crop establishment, crop nutrition, fertilizer management, insects, weeds, diseases, managing harvest and storage management.

Canola Diagnostic Tool

The Canola Diagnostic Tool is intended to be a screening tool that can help with diagnosing issues in your field. These issues are usually multi-layered and not attributable to a single factor, however the tool will help you arrive at a short list of possible causes. Further consultation with an agronomist or lab analysis can


The Canola Watch Team is made up of Canola Council of Canada regional agronomists and provincial oilseed specialists.  This team is a great resource for canola farmers in Manitoba and across Canada. How an Agronomist can help: Farmers may have to spend one to two hours every week in each canola field to keep tabs on

Nitrogen Calculator

This Nitrogen (N) Rate Calculator for spring wheat, barley and canola is a spreadsheet that can be used to evaluate different net return per acre scenarios involving N source and cost, the expected crop price and soil nitrogen (nitrate-N in lb/ac to 24″). The user must select appropriate soil moisture supply categories for wheat and

Canola Growers Manual

Canola Growers Manual is a Canola Council of Canada publication. The 14 chapters cover topics including the basis of canola yields, canola varieties, growth stages, effects of moisture, temperature, frost, hail, acidity, salinity, solonetzic, soil preparation, crop establishment, soil fertility, integrated pest management, weeds, insects, diseases, swathing, combining, storage, conditioning, grading and marketing.

Insect Monitoring with Prairie Pest Monitoring Network

    The Prairie Pest Monitoring Network is a helpful resource for information on pests nationwide and is partly sponsored by MCGA. They release a weekly report with updates on pests and how they might affect you, as well as other helpful information such as monitoring protocols, risk maps, and a wind watch. Follow the Prairie Pest Monitoring


Manitoba’s PSI Lab has been running soil samples and has created a Clubroot map that  shows positive clubroot (CR) findings by Rural Municipality. Clubroot is a serious soil-borne disease of cruciferous crops. In canola, it causes galls to form on the roots, which ultimately causes premature death of the plant. Currently, there are no economical


The development of blackleg tolerant varieties have provided canola growers in western Canada a honeymoon from the disease, but tight canolarotations and the development of new pathogroups that our ‘Resistant’ rated varieties donot have resistance to, are again leading to reduced yields andincomes for canola growers. You may think that you don’t have blackleg problems,

Canola Watch

Canola Watch is a free, unbiased, timely and research focused publication put out by the Canola Council of Canada. Delivered directly to your inbox this resource covers topics including crop and weather updates, insect updates, weed management, scouting tips and more. Read the lastest issue or sign up today.