Redfern customers who are looking for some more yield production analysis on the year that was in 2017 and prognostication on what’s to come, can check out speaker Angela Brackenreed, an agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada, at Ag Days next week in Brandon.

Brackenreed’s speech, entitled, “How Did That Happen?! – A Review of Canola Production in 2017” will centre around the simple question: where did the yield come from?

“What I’ll first go through is the results from the year from Stats Can and MASC on what the average yield and production looked like in Manitoba and across the prairies because that’s always interesting to see,” Brackenreed told Redferns.ca. “We’ll kind of go through how we maybe achieved better yields than folks maybe would’ve expected based on the weather and some of the past pressures that we’ve had.”

Angela Brackenreed will be speaking at Ag Days next week.

She says this includes taking a look at Environment Canada weather, precipitation levels, heat and drought maps and 2017 disease survey results.

“We’ll also take a look at soil moisture maps from last fall and from this fall to kind of really tell the story of what happened last year and what might happen next spring.”

Brackenreed believes that when you look at the hard data when it comes to yield production, it’s quite interesting, even though most growers have a general idea on what transpired on their own farm.

“We came into 2017 with a surplus, or at the very least, adequate levels of moisture from the year before and what I’m going to go through at Ag Days is talk about available water holding capacity or plant available water as well as rooting depth to kind of explain how moisture was maybe able to carry us through the season.”

Another interesting tidbit in 2017: growers in the province ended up with a high yield potential situation with low disease pressure. That doesn’t happen very often, Brackenreed says.

“Typically when disease pressure is low, it means that yield potential is also low. I think we certainly were able to capture some yield, or maybe the better way to look at it, is not lose yield to disease like we do in most years when there is good yield potential.”

For those interested, Brackenreed’s presentation at Ag Days takes place on Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the FCC Theatre.

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