The straight goods on canola variety performance

Interactive database allows searches ranging from yield and maturity to lodging and height

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Results are in for the 2014 Canola Performance Trials (CPT). Data from the science-based, third-party variety evaluations have been uploaded to the online comparison tool on the CPT website. A summary booklet is also available for download.

The online tool includes interactive maps and the ability to refine searches by season zone, herbicide tolerance type, yield, days to maturity, lodging, and height. Users can also compare results from 2011 to 2014.

“With this cumulative data, you can use the online tool to compare varieties based on how they performed under the varying conditions we’ve experienced over the past four years,” said Franck Groeneweg, chair of the CPT governance committee and the SaskCanola board of directors.

“No one else is providing canola growers with this level of independent information on leading genetics.”

Alberta Canola Producers Commission and its counterparts in Saskatchewan and Manitoba provide funding for the program. The B.C. Grain Producers Association conducted trials in the Peace as their means of participation. Running the trials, analyzing data, and distributing the results costs about $10 per grower, with seed companies covering $6 of that through trial participation fees.

“The whole program ends up costing each canola grower only $4,” said Groeneweg. “This is excellent value and will provide a significant return on investment, given how important it is for growers to choose the right seed for their specific needs.”

Winnipeg-based Haplotech Inc., led by Rale Gjuric, co-ordinated the trials under the guidance of a governance committee that oversees approval of varieties, protocol design, data collection, analysis and reporting, and financial management.

The CPT program includes both small-plot and large field-scale trials. Results for 2014 are based on 25 small-plot trials and 101 field-scale trials across the Prairies.

The Canola Council of Canada has set a goal of achieving 52 bushels per acre by 2025 as part of its Keep it Coming 2025 strategic plan.

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