Canola council launches new online database

The Canola Council of Canada says the database offers ‘top science for your bottom line’

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The Canola Council of Canada has launched an online database, called the Canola Research Hub, to provide growers with the latest research findings to increase both productivity and profitability.

“This is a first-of-its-kind technology transfer tool,” said Curtis Rempel, the council’s vice-president of crop production and innovation. “It will allow growers to access canola research behind particular recommendations and quickly zero in on the findings most relevant to their region and concern.”

The Canola Research Hub online database was developed to illustrate the science behind best management practices of Canadian canola production, provide practical tools to evaluate agronomic performance, and to inform production management decisions. Users can navigate through a library of research summaries, view and filter research data, watch video interviews and clips, access published resources, download multimedia materials, and keep up to date on science-based industry news and events.

“The practical application of science-backed production management relies on getting our story out,” said Neil Harker, a researcher with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lacombe.

“Scientists are often only available for two or three tech transfer events per year with audiences ranging from very small up to a few hundred,” added Kelly Turkington, also of AAFC Lacombe. “This online resource is available to all audiences at all times.”

The Canola Research Hub also provides the platform for collaboration between growers, consultants, agronomists and the scientific community, said Turkington.

The canola council has set a target of achieving 52 bushels per acre and production of 26 million tonnes by 2025.

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