It is also grown in small quantities in the summer rainfall areas, where it is produced under irrigation. The window for planting canola is between April and May, but it can be extended to early June if necessary. According to Izané Crous, an agronomist at SOILL, it is a golden rule that the planting season should be concluded before 15 June, as significant yield reductions can be expected thereafter. She provided FarmLink with a summary of each canola production area in the Western Cape.
The southern Cape had little rainfall early in the season, which caused plant establishment to get off to an uneven start. Luckily, weather conditions changed for the better when the region was blessed with rainfall events on 25 and 26 May this year (>20mm). This rain resulted in seedling establishment in all areas. Another big rainfall event (>35mm) occurred in June and conditions look promising for an above-average yield for the region.
In the Overberg region, sufficient soil water conditions meant that germination and crop establishment took place immediately after planting. Crop establishment occurred in most parts of the region, already indicating a promising year. Rainfall events occurred on 25 April (>10mm), 25 and 26 May (>35mm), and 10 and 11 June (>35mm) – an early indication of a record year for the region.
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