Reseeding Canola Options
Hi guys, I am hoping you guys could help me out with a tough spot I am in with one of my quarters. I farm in the Regina heavy clay.
This is a new quarter I am farming this year, I knew the kochia/weed pressure was going to be high so I applied Edge last fall. This spring I seeded L233P canola treated with lumiderm into decent moisture. I applied 130-55-0-35 for fertilizer. Germination looked good until we ran into frost. Even though the seedlings were under the soil we had a lot of plants nipped off at the stem. I am talking 80% of plants. We decided to give it some time to try to regrow, in the meantime had various agronomists and reps out to have a look. We have heard everything from mice, to frost to cutworms. In the last 3 weeks we hadn't found one single cutworm until finally today I found one. The field has definitely been showing more signs of damage the last few days and with the plants being cut at ground level we have really started leaning on the damage being due to cutworms, at this point we are convinced we need to reseed. There is massive areas in the field with 0 living plants, even with everyone telling us they haven't seen a field get completely taken by cutworms when the canola was treated with lumiderm it appears that is what has happened.
Anyways, onto my question:
Obviously now that we are into June I am antsy to get out there and get this reseeded. I have 1.5 inches of dry topsoil but decent moisture under that, a 10 day forecast with 0 rain, and also the edge herbicide to think about.
I guess my options would be to reseed canola and hope for rain? Or, seed a pulse? I would like to seed small green lentils but I am not sure what they will do with 130 lbs of actual N applied. I was thinking maybe a Pea would be the best? I could seed them deep and they would likely be the quickest maturing, just not sure how that much N will effect them either.
Other options would be Barley, I don't think I can seed them into Edge ground. Flax, I hate flax! I also dont think we could seed them deep enough.
Any thoughts or experiences? Thank you guys in advance!