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Canola PlantOf all the agricultural production that happens in Canada, there are few images as distinctive and iconic as the bright yellow fields stretching as far as the eye can see when canola blooms in Western Canada.

Over 20 million acres of canola are seeded every year in Canada, 55 per cent of them in Saskatchewan. The total value of exports hovers around $12 billion annually. It’s an important crop – not just for Western Canada but for the Canadian economy.

Weed control is one of the most important yield-preserving mechanisms in canola. However herbicide-resistance, weed shifts, and other environmental challenges leave canola producers searching for effective herbicide solutions to protect yield potential.

These articles, videos, and products will help you find the best solutions for your operation – solutions that help you maximize yield and protect your fields from resistant weeds and weed shifts that can quickly overwhelm canola.

A Deeper Dive into Canola

Canola yield loss

Early weed control critical for higher yielding canola

Using multiple modes of action in a pre-seed herbicide application with extended control is most effective at reducing populations of yield-robbing weeds such as cleavers, kochia, round-leaved mallow, stinkweed, volunteer canola, and many others.

Taking charge of kochia and cleavers

Taking charge of kochia and cleavers in canola

Kochia and cleavers cause big headaches in canola. Research from the University of Saskatchewan shows that early, extended weed control is required to manage these yield-robbing weeds. Learn more about these weeds so you can maximize the yield of your canola crop.


Managing resistance means using different modes of action

Weed resistance to herbicides has been a reality for a long time. The discovery of glyphosate-resistant kochia biotypes is spreading rapidly across Western Canada. Get ahead in your resistance management by using multiple modes of action and by practicing herbicide layering.

Striped and crucifer flea beetle

Weed and insect control from pre-seed to harvest

FMC has canola growers covered from pre-seed to post-harvest with products that control weeds and insect pests in canola.

Flea beetles and cutworms

Flea beetles and cutworms in canola

Striped and crucifer flea beetles can cause significant damage in early seeded canola when it is small. Cutworms are equally opportunistic, clipping or severing stems of seedlings before they are strong enough to withstand the damage. Learn how to protect your crop from these three early season pests.


Controlling mid-season insects in canola – Berthas, diamondbacks and grasshoppers

Controlling three of the worst yield-robbing insects takes vigilance. Listen to reports from monitoring networks, scout fields, and do a timely application of an effective insecticide when economic thresholds are reached.
Grassy weed article

Three Effective Tools to Combat Resistant Grassy Weeds

The number of grassy weeds resistant to in-crop herbicides is increasing. Dr. Breanne Tidemann, research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lacombe, AB, presented some sobering statistics during the FMC Pre-School webinar, AGRC*104: Grassy Weeds in the Prairies: The Pests, the Problems, the Plans.
Russian Thistle

Managing Herbicide-Resistant Russian Thistle

Like its cousin kochia, Russian thistle is an annual weed that is highly adaptable to hot, dry conditions. It grows rapidly with its red-striped stems growing over one metre high with its extensive root system reaching almost two metres down.

Everything in Order: Tips for mixing herbicides in the right order

To be sure you are getting the most effective results from your herbicide investment requires paying close attention to the order you add products to your spray tank. A good rule of thumb is using the WAMLEGS method as follows:

Herbicide layering: How to get effective weed control using multiple modes of action

The practice of using herbicides from multiple groups in sequential applications to target the same weeds and will include soil-applied herbicides combined with pre-seed burnoff, followed by an in-crop herbicide application.

Tough-to-control weeds? Now’s the time for a complete solution herbicide

When it comes to effectively controlling weeds in canola, it’s critical to get them when they are small, easier to control and before they compete with the crop for moisture, sunlight and nutrients. That's why many growers are choosing to apply a complete solution herbicide prior to seeding. A complete solution herbicide brings both burnoff and extended weed control – making it the perfect choice to launch a weed-free spring.

Command® Charge Herbicide

Learn how to integrate Command® Charge herbicide into your canola weed control strategy, especially if you face pressure from cleavers and kochia.

Aim® EC Herbicide

Early weed removal is critical to maintain high yields in canola. Aim® EC herbicide offers enhanced burnoff performance from a different mode of action.


The Canola Council of Canada offers these three tips for effective weed management in canola:

  1. Rely on early weed control. A weed control program anchored by an efficient pre-seed herbicide application sets up a high-yielding crop. According to the Canola Council, “Canola that gets off to a good start with weed competition reduced early in the season rarely sees an economic benefit to a second in-crop application of herbicide.”
  2. Tank-mix other partners with glyphosate. Adding a tank-mix partner to glyphosate will improve weed control and reduce selection of herbicide-resistant weeds.
  3. Use integrated weed management. Reduce the development and build-up of herbicide-resistant weeds by using management practices such as higher seeding rates, diverse rotations, adequate fertility, and effective insect control.

Pre-Seed Herbicide Solutions for Canola


Aim EC herbicide A strong Group 14 glyphosate partner for enhanced burnoff prior to all major crops. Controls resistant broadleaf weeds and keeps cropping options open, so you can seed a wide variety of crops after application, including canola, pulses (including lentils) and cereals. 


Command Charge herbicideThis Group 13 and 14 product delivers the most comprehensive broadleaf burnoff available to canola growers today. Tank-mix Command® Charge herbicide with glyphosate for fast control of emerged broadleaf weeds including kochia, volunteer canola, lamb’s-quarters and flixweed. The Group 13 mode of action delivers extended activity of flushing cleavers and chickweed. 


Command 360 ME herbicide When you apply Command® 360 ME herbicide pre-seed— with or without glyphosate — its powerful Group 13 mode of action goes to work, controlling flushing cleavers and suppresses chickweed so you can take back command of your fields, while fighting resistance at the same time. 


Insecticide Solutions For Canola



Coragen maX insecticideCoragen® MaX insecticide is powered by Rynaxypyr® active, a unique mode of action that provides remarkable plant protection. It delivers consistent, extended protection against key insects such as grasshoppers, diamondback moth, cabbage looper and others. It can be applied day or night in a wide range of temperatures and it has minimal impact on many important beneficial insects and pollinators.***. 


Pounce insecticideA top-performing solution for control of both striped AND crucifer flea beetles, as well as cutworms in canola. It is a synthetic pyrethroid that's stable in sunlight, which results in longer extended control versus other pyrethroids. Pounce® 384EC insecticide is an effective foliar solution to support canola seed treatment packages and is registered for both ground and aerial application. 


**Depending on rate and when weather and temperature are optimal. 

***When applied at label rates. In line with Integrated Pest Management and Good Agricultural Practices, insecticide applications should be made when pollinators are not foraging to avoid unnecessary exposure.

Not sure where to start with your pre-seed application for Canola?

Try Command® Charge, our most comprehensive broadleaf burnoff product available to canola growers.