According to USDA’s Prospective Plantings Report, North Dakota farmers are expected to plant more canola this year at 1.65 million acres. Some of the early canola acres are starting to be seeded in northeast North Dakota. Bayer Crop Science field representative Kristie Sundeen reminds farmers to check soil moisture and temperatures. “In terms of survivability, both of those factors will do a lot to get those seeds to germinate. It’s kind of a catch-22 because we’ve seen some good yields with getting canola in early.” Farmers should also cross reference their canola seeding rates. “Some seed lots can be 75,000 and others can be up to 110,000 seeds-per-pound,” says Sundeen. “Going with a flat rate of four pounds-per-acre will get you different stands. You should be seeding off a target plant population. Bayer’s recommendation for InVigor is 10 seeds per square foot.”
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