By: Chris Sumner


July 17, 2006

The province's canola crop is well into flowering, and some early seeded fields are now moving into the podding and filling stages.

Derwyn Hammond is an agronomist with the Canola Council of Canada.

He says the heat over the past week has led to blossom blasting, also known as pod abortion, in most regions of Manitoba.

Hammond notes it's difficult to predict what impact the dry, hot weather will have on yield.

He adds evidence of blossom blasting will begin to show soon, and can be identified by missing pods on the stem.