Flower thrips are being observed in canola. Thrips are tiny (1 mm), elongated insects with rasping-sucking mouthparts that feed on canola buds and pods. Damage symptoms are easy to spot since the pods become curled up and twisted, and drop prematurely. Damaged pods are most common in field edges and usually non-economic in canola.
Canola harvest will start soon. There are two main methods of dealing with canola: swathing the crop or straight combining.
Swathing canola at the right stage of ripening reduces green seed content and the risk of seed shatter losses. During the warm summer months it is important to observe fields every few days when the seed color starts changing in the first formed pods, on the bottom of the main stem.