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ISSUE DATE: 08/26/2013

Calibrate planters now for better canola later

By Jennifer M. Latzke

Farmers can be tempted to take shortcuts—especially when they are hurrying to get seed in the ground.

But, Josh Bushong, Oklahoma State University Extension canola specialist, said taking the time to calibrate planters and drills before planting canola in the fall can be the difference between a poor and a successful harvest next summer. He and Randy Taylor, OSU Extension machinery specialist, shared their tricks to planting a more uniform—and profitable—canola crop.

Bushong said canola isn’t quite as forgiving as other crops as far as seeding goes. The seed is extremely tiny, and farmers with improperly calibrated planters can find themselves throwing real dollars on the ground along with too much canola seed. Also, the crop requires good seed-to-soil contact and consistent depth to emerge. And in order to get that, residue must be managed and the planter or drill set to place the seed in the furrow where it will grow well.

“My first question to farmers is if they are going to plant in a conventional or a no-till seed bed,” Taylor added. “Conventional till seed beds are a lot more forgiving. You can make more mistakes in a clean till and still get a stand.”


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Congress starts to examine USPS losses
Court grants motion for USCA to intervene in COOL lawsuit
Extension engages beginning farmers with social media
Former Congressman Tim Holden joins Grange Advocacy Board
Kansas Rural Center launches new website
Proper handling and preparation of food protects consumers
Researchers study fire ant venom as natural fungicide
Scientists rely on high-tech eyes to spy on microscopic world
U.S. wins trade enforcement case for American farmers
USDA Rural Development announces Heartland Award
USDA seeks applications for grants to create jobs, economic opportunity in rural areas
Vilsack highlights USDA efforts to promote a healthy and productive learning environment
WTO backs U.S. in chicken trade dispute with China


AFA announces 2013 Leader in Agriculture Award recipients
Ag college receives new John Deere tractors at 100th year celebration
Annual Nebraska dry bean field tour set for Aug. 27
Beginning farmer/rancher call to focus on access to credit, capital
Biodiesel industry applauds advanced biofuel standard
Calibrate planters now for better canola later
Cover crops and corn production field day set Aug. 30
Disease possibilities in crops increase as rain continues
Economist observes large number of late-season corn market factors
European corn borer, western corn rootworm infesting corn now
Fall crop tour in central Kansas Sept. 3
Farm business plans improve efficiency and profitability
Farmer-leader team visits USSEC's Vietnam aquaculture program
Farmers inspired at Bayer CropScience Profit Maximizer meeting
Governor's Water Conference set Oct. 24-25
Hoffman Harvesting finishes in Limon and heads home
Humid, wet conditions increase risk for foliar diseases in soybeans
ISU coordinates STEM grant to certify agricultural education teachers
Kansas Grain Commodity Commissions open applications for candidates
KAWG members approve policy
KDA launches From the Land of Kansas website
Late-season field days scheduled at Iowa State research farms
Maintaining soil fertility in pastures
Management decisions help farm after drought
Management decisions help farm after drought
Meeting offers wheat farmers production, marketing advice
MU class offers students a global view of agriculture
NASCOE conducts 54th annual convention in Asheville
New wheat variety ideal for rainfed production
Nickel and phosphite help growers fight pecan scab
Nominations open for Noxious Weed Advisory Committee
NSP to offer Sorghum Insider program
Osowski team returns home to North Dakota
Patriot Equipment manufactures high-quality products
Planting certified seed benefits producers
Rain submerging farm fields, helping pastures
Resistance management discussed in latest 'Focus on Potato' webcast
RMA releases crop insurance analysis report
Roland Harvesting cuts malting barley while waiting on green wheat
Scouting key to identifying yield-robbing soybean pests
Soybean aphids multiply quickly
Summers Manufacturing features mud scrapers on rolling basket attachments
Sustainability efforts discussed in latest 'Focus on Soybean' talk
Trade team travels to U.S. as Chinese wheat purchases soar
U.S. says it will stop cotton payments to Brazil
Understanding basis is important to making wheat marketing decisions
Wheat harvest comes to a close for Miseners
Workshop demonstrates how landowners can earn money from their property
Z Crew continues harvest in Denton, Mont.


4S Goat Expo features nationally known speakers
AgriLife Extension expert advises beef producers to have lease agreement
Alabama volunteer recognized by CattleWomen
Ambassadors selected for American Gelbvieh Junior Association
CattleFax outlook, elections part of upcoming ICA regional meetings
Certification is proof that this beef is grass fed
Class 21 of Cattlemen's Leadership Academy meets
Ergot poisoning a concern in cattle this year
Follow vaccination, health recommendations for Iowa swine shows
Genetic defect discovered in Angus cattle
Get ready for fall calving now
Gracie Creek Landowners Association honored for environmental stewardship
Hereford youth honored for industry involvement
Hereford youth honored with Prospect Awards
ICA membership tops 10,000
Identification of new cattle virus will help rule out mad cow disease
Iowa joins 50th anniversary celebration of Federation of State Beef Councils
IPPA seeking producer award nominations
IPPA to update hog farmers on swine health management issues
Jensen, Hinderlie selected as Hereford National Junior Merit Scholars
Juniors parade top steers, Lim-Flex and bred-and-owned females
K-State's Beef Stocker Field Day is Sept. 26
K-State's Dikeman named to Meat Industry Hall of Fame
La Crosse cattlemen's seminar focuses on animal health and nutrition
Managing weeds with livestock
MU Extension specialist: EPD numbers can be 'smoking gun' when investigating cattle problems
MU researcher tells value of timed breeding of cow herd at field day
New spreadsheet helps producers make better decisions
NILE Premium Book available online or in print
Oklahoma Cattlemen resolve to protect rights of ranchers, farmers
Ranchers eye restocking herds as pastures green up
Seminar program educates nutrition and dietetic community
Study: Drought, other factors weigh on livestock
Texas checkoff reaches international consumers
USDA releases third report from Feedlot 2011 study
Veterinarians, emergency responders meet to train on livestock emergency disease
Watch for signs of Mycoplasma bovis infection in dairy cattle
Youth qualify for registered heifers


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Immigration reform important for farmers, rural America
Pressure to extend


Destructive hoarding of horses and trees
FDA OKs new livestock product
Ireland and U.S.: Entwined past, shared future
Micronutrient wheat mix added
New baby
Thankful for the rain


Amarillo livestock auction report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Below normal temps continue south dakota
Conditions continue to improve oklahoma
Cooler temps, increased precip prevail colorado
Denison livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Fort Smith livestock auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Grain market close
Grains close lower after gains
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains direct slaughter cattle report
Hot and dry weather continues Wyoming
Joplin livestock auction report
McAlester, Okla. market reaches 1,500 head
More rains needed new mexico
Most hay classes selling steady, some light test
Most row crops in fair to good condition Arkansas
Newell sheep sales report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. Cattle Sales Report
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Some parts of state see moisture kansas
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Unseasonably cool temps continue missouri
Warmer temps needed to advance crop maturity nebraska
Weather unsettled Montana


Contract grazing fact sheet series now available
Extension bulletin guides successful forage establishment
Hay yields, production up
Managing pasture flies
Now's the time to start thinking of fall pasture management
Scout alfalfa fields for shy insects, MU Extension entomologist says
Stockpiled forages reduce hay feeding
Workshops on writing a range plan and a ranch drought plan set for Aug. 26-27


4-H members gear up for county and state fairs
4-Hers place first in state projects
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Chores beneficial for kids, household
Do your homework before pickling cucumbers
Entries close Aug. 31 for columnist contest
Food plots to increase harvest
Four FFA members recognized for beef production proficiency
Learn the art of seed collecting at Master Gardeners class
Molds, mildew flourish after recent rains
Mulching tomatoes
Piceance Wildlife Habitat benefits from new restoration techniques
Reboot the pantry
Seed or overseed cool-season turfgrass
Spacious Crown Jewel has many added touches
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Spotlight on monarch butterflies
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