Good crop establishment may be challenging this planting season. NDSU Extension cropping systems specialist Greg Endres says shallow-planted crops, like canola, will be impacted by the dry conditions. That’s why farmers may need to plant canola earlier than usual. “Farmers may want to plant canola before small grains. This is a bit unusual, but anything they can do to ensure they have soil moisture at the surface to get as uniform a stand as possible would be good.” Dry conditions can change in a hurry, but if the dry conditions do not improve, Endres says farmers should try to preserve whatever moisture exists in the soil. “This means minimizing any type of tillage as farmers prepare for planting, and after that having crop residue present.” Endres was part of the Getting it Right Canola Production webinar.
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