Canola fields exhibiting strange deformities in bud clusters
By Top Crop Manager
July 2, 2015 - Under various conditions this year and over the past decade, some canola fields have exhibited stunting and strange deformities in bud clusters, as demonstrated in the photo at left. The cause remains a mystery. The leading suspect is a hormone imbalance brought on by weather-related stress.
Canola plants do seem to outgrow these peculiar symptoms. And because environment is the most likely factor, treatment of any kind is unlikely to provide any benefit.
READ MORE to see more photos and a detailed examination of the diagnostic process.