The federal government’s $15 million investment in canola research through Growing Forward 2 (GF2) combined with the canola industry’s $5 million contribution is funding 23 research projects for five years. Some of those are complete and featured in the first half of this magazine. Here are short descriptions and progress reports for the 11 ongoing agronomy projects.
Canola growers across the Prairies fund dozens of research projects with their levy payments to Alberta Canola, SaskCanola and Manitoba Canola Growers Association. Many of those projects are funded through their joint Canola Agronomic Research Program (CARP), which has been going for almost 30 years. Other projects are funded through arrangements with other organizations listed in these summaries. Here are short descriptions and updates for ongoing projects directly funded by provincial canola grower organizations. See below for a glossary of all abbreviations.
Researchers across western Canada are working towards developing new tools to help producers manage two serious diseases in canola – blackleg and sclerotinia stem rot. This project, led by SaskCanola, partners with the Alberta Canola and the Federal Government under Growing Forward 2 (GF2). This Agri-Science Project, which is still in progress, has multiple activities focused on new discoveries and solutions for managing these diseases.
Many growers want to run their own trials to test new products or techniques. Follow these Ultimate Canola Challenge protocols to set up trials that follow scientific principles and provide accurate results that you can implement.
It is important to note that, as of October 2016, clomazone is not yet registered and quinclorac should not be used on canola due to maximum residue limit (MRL) issues. Until exporters and processors are confident that they can ship quinclorac-treated canola without trade concerns, growers are advised to avoid this marketing risk by using other cleavers control methods. Learn more at keepingitclean.ca/canola.