Blooming canola sure is pretty, and this crop still has a long way to go. As it approaches 10% bloom, the pollen that the bees aren’t capturing is blowing around and landing on everything, which isn’t so pretty. The best is yet to come in a couple of weeks when it is in full bloom!
This week I scouted the canola with a crop-scout from the seed company, Rubisco. We discovered white mold on the stalks at the base of the leaves on about 20% of plants. This is common, but detrimental to yield. As soon as it dries back out we will spray with a two fungicide combination, Proline (a curative), and Quadris (a preventative). The chemical will be in a suspension of about 18 gallons per acre of water with a surfactant to help it spread across the leaves of the plants and also Justified, a drift retardant and deposition agent, because I plan to use AI Turbo Twinjet tips for medium droplets and maximum coverage. More on drift control and spray tips in this post.
The dogwood trees are also blooming, which, according to my grandfather, means it time to plant corn. The more “scientific” test is whether the ground temperature is above 52 degrees and the proximity to the last frost date in my zone is about gone. But if God made the dogwood trees to sense the temperature well enough to wait for blooming until the ground is 52 degrees, then you could say they are just a different kind of soil thermometer.
We got about 600 acres sprayed this week so the weeds will die back and allow the ground to warm and dry from the sunlight easier. Next week, we may put some corn in the ground if it dries up enough.