Canola Performance Trials results for 2017 are now available in an online searchable database at the Canola Performance Trials website. Canola growers can use this online tool to finalize seed decisions for the coming growing season.
The performance trials compare leading canola varieties in small-plot and field-scale trials. Results can be filtered by province, season zone, and herbicide-tolerance system. Producers can also search all varieties or do head-to-head comparisons of two or three varieties. With each search, days to maturity, height, lodging, and yield results are provided in easy-to-compare graph format.
“What growers get from this site are independent, third-party data on new and familiar canola varieties — essential information in making variety choices,” said Alberta producer John Guelly, chair of the governance committee for the trials.
The online tool also provides the option to compare varieties for a number of years. The performance trials program has been running since 2011, and all data collected over the past seven years is available. A compilation of 2011-16 data (Canola Variety Selection Guide: Featuring CPT Summary Data booklet) is posted in the Trials Summaries section of the website.
The 2017 trials included field-scale comparisons of clubroot-resistant varieties and pod-shatter tolerant varieties in straight-combining trials.
“I encourage growers to take some time over the winter to explore the site and read the summary booklets to make full use of all the work involved in generating this data,” said Guelly.
The trials were funded by Alberta Canola, SaskCanola, and the Manitoba Canola Growers Association with contributions from the British Columbia Grain Producers Association.
The Canola Council of Canada, which delivers the program on their behalf, is targeting 52 bushels per acre to meet global market demand of 26 million tonnes by the year 2025 under its Keep it Coming 2025 initiative.