Canola Digest 2016 Science Issue
Science

Profitability and sustainability can go hand-in-hand

Key Result: BMPs can improve canola production while simultaneously advancing environmental stewardship. This study identifies factors that contribute to improved canola production efficiency on the Canadian Prairies. It also examines the relationship between production efficiency and adoption of select environmental stewardship practices. These results may be of use for policy makers in identifying areas of...
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Science

Storage bags work best with dry canola

Key result: This research looked at the feasibility of bag storage for canola and the effects on seed quality based on moisture content and length of storage time. Dry canola seeds can be safely stored for six to eight months in bags, but canola at 12 per cent moisture should be stored only temporarily. Project...
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Lots of diversity in clubroot resistance

Key result: Clubroot resistance in Canadian canola varieties relies almost entirely on one source, “Mendel”. This study identified many other genes, found genetic markers for them and then crossed some of them into B. napus lines that could be used for breeding. Canola seed breeders can use the results of this work to broaden and...
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Science

New threats: Aster yellows and swede midge

Key result: This study revealed new information about yield losses from aster yellows, tentative economic thresholds for leafhoppers, and the lifecycle patterns and host preference of swede midge. Growers should scout crops for swede midge and leafhoppers and consult with agronomists if either pest or aster yellows are identified. Project title, Principal investigator: “Aster yellows...
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