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Loss in Yield of Rapeseed (Brassica napus, B. campestris) Caused by Perennial Sowthistle (Sonchus arvensis) in Saskatchewan and Manitoba

  • Diether P. Peschken (a1), A. Gordon Thomas (a1) and Robin F. Wise (a1)

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Field studies were conducted in 1979 and 1980 to determine yield losses caused by perennial sowthistle (Sonchus arvensis L. # SONAR) in rapeseed (Brassica napus L., B. campestris L.) fields in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The relationship between percentage yield loss and density of perennial sowthistle was expressed by the linear regression equation y = −3.81 + 13.76 rdx. Weed survey data indicated that perennial sowthistle occurred in 39% of the rapeseed fields but infested only 7% of the hectares surveyed. Using both the survey data and the yield loss equation, the average annual loss in rapeseed yield was estimated to be 9.4 million kg in Saskatchewan and 6.1 million kg in Manitoba, with a value of 2.6 million and 1.7 million dollars (Cdn.), respectively. Perennial sowthistle occurs with a similar frequency and density in other crops so that the total loss from this weed would be much greater.

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Loss in Yield of Rapeseed (Brassica napus, B. campestris) Caused by Perennial Sowthistle (Sonchus arvensis) in Saskatchewan and Manitoba

  • Diether P. Peschken (a1), A. Gordon Thomas (a1) and Robin F. Wise (a1)

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