Temperatures are rising in the Northern Plains, which is re-energizing flea beetle populations in canola. Based at Devils Lakes, Rock and Roll Agronomy owner Jason Hanson is seeing extensive stem feeding. “Heat really brings on insect activity and its gone into overdrive, so be watching canola fields.” Hanson adds there have been very few other pest and disease reports because conditions remain dry in the Devils Lake area, as well as further north and west. There are concerns with emergence in later seeded crops. “It’s getting to the point where we need some moisture to keep yield potential up,” says Hanson. “The deeper seeded crops are coming along really nice so far, though.”
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