Canola contestant reaps 81 bushels an acre

Alberta producers finished one-two-three in this year’s ‘Canola 100’ competition. The contest encourages producers to target 100-bushel-an-acre canola and is meant to “inspire farmers towards greater innovation.”

Mike Nelson of Wetaskiwin averaged 81.43 bushels an acre followed by Merle Klassen of Linden (76.63 bu/ac) and Curtis Harrish of Calmar (74.52 bu/ac). Sixteen fields (the minimum size is 50 continuous acres) had their yields verified, with most yielding 52 to 70 bu/ac. Most seeded 4.5 to 5.5 pounds per acre and applied anywhere from 100 to 300 pounds of nitrogen.

The contest, put on by Agri-Trend, John Deere, and Glacier FarmMedia, will be held again in 2017 and 2018.

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