2017 marked the first year that Canola has surpassed all wheat acreage in Western Canada, so producers are relying on it a lot in their crop rotations.
Warren Ward is an Agronomy Specialist with the Canola Council of Canada.
He says with issues around neonic’s and the impact of clubroot, it’s really important for producers to look at their crop management practices.
"People can always look at our website keep it clean.ca, there is a whole list of things that we can do," he said. "Things we can do are are using registered pesticides, proper use of pesticides, how we store our canola, controlling blackleg. So there are some different things that we've highlighted as potential risks to the industry or things growers would like to consider an ongoing basis as they're growing and selling their canola."
Ward adds that we are in a really good place within the canola industry right now.
"We've got a strong, healthy industry, and we just want to make sure we keep it that way," Ward said. "We don't want to drive it until the wheels fall off. Sometimes it's nice to take a little bit of a step back and do that high level overview look at what we are doing, if there are things that we could be doing a little bit better just to make sure that we can keep tweaking the system to ensure that we've got that productive economic crop in our system for years to come."
Over the years canola has become a key crop for many producers, with over 20 million acres being grown in Western Canada, and 90% of the crop being exported.