Preferred Growing Conditions
- Very good for swath grazing
Nodulation is when new organs called nodules are formed near the roots of pulse crops like peas, lentils, soybeans and chickpeas. These nodules fix nitrogen that’s present in the air and supply it to the plant in a form that it can use in a process known as nitrogen fixation.
Your forage stand is a long-term investment, so it’s critical to properly evaluate your crops in their establishment year. There’s a lot to consider when it comes to evaluating your establishment early on in the season, but density is perhaps the most important factor, says Kent Price, a Regional Account Manager for BrettYoung specializing in forage crops.
“You want density,” Price explains, “The main concern on initial establishment is that you have enough plants that have emerged.”
Canola plant stands below 3-4 plants per square foot are unlikely to reach their full yield potential. Your targeted plant stand is likely going to be a higher number than this, but it does vary depending on your field conditions.