Results are in for the 2015 Canola Performance Trials. Data from the science-based, third-party variety evaluations have been uploaded to the online comparison tool at canolaperformancetrials.ca. A summary booklet is also available for download at the site.
The online tool includes interactive maps and the ability to refine searches by season zone, herbicide-tolerance system, yield, days to maturity, lodging and height. The tool also has results from each of the past five years, which allows for important comparison across different growing conditions.
“By structuring the trials with replicated small-plot trials and numerous sites for field-scale trials, as well as strict adherence to protocols and statistical analysis, CPTs provide growers with a fair third-party assessment of variety performance,” said Nicole Philp, an agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada. “Growers want this type of information when making variety decisions.”
Alberta Canola Producers Commission and its Saskatchewan and Manitoba counterparts fund the program. It includes both small-plot and large field-scale trials. Results for 2015 are based on 29 small-plot trials and 33 field-scale trials across the Prairies. In addition, a pilot project was conducted last year in which varieties were both swathed and straight cut at the same locations for comparison.