The federal government’s $15 million investment in canola research through Growing Forward 2 combined with the canola industry’s contribution of $5 million is funding 23 research projects for five years. Here are short descriptions and early progress reports for agronomy projects on that list, organized into the four strategic plan categories. Final results are still a few years away.
Key practice: Ensure safe rates of seed-placed fertilizer to improve nutrient-deficient soil conditions without increasing seedling mortality. The safest step is to put only phosphate in the seed row, and all other fertilizer outside the seed row. Key research: Grant, Cynthia, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). “Improving Nutrient Management in Canola and Canola-Based Cropping Systems.”... Read More
Key practice: Higher seeding rates mean a more competitive crop, which can translate into higher yields and lower in-crop weed management costs. Key research: Harker, K.N., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), et al. “High-Yield No-Till Canola Production on the Canadian Prairies.” Canadian Journal of Plant Science. (2012). Harker, K.N., AAFC, et al. “Seeding Rate, Herbicide... Read More
Canola growers across the Prairies fund many research projects with their levy payments to Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, Alberta Canola Producers Commission and Manitoba Canola Growers Association. Many of those projects are funded through the joint Canola Agronomic Research Program (CARP) – an arrangement that has been ongoing for almost 30 years. Other projects are funded through arrangements with other organizations listed in these summaries.
Here are short descriptions of and updates on all ongoing projects directly funded by provincial canola grower organizations.
Key practice: A registered seed treatment with multiple fungicide active ingredients can minimize the threat of seed and seedling diseases. Seeding early, shallow and with good seed to soil contact for quick emergence also helps prevent early disease infection. Start field scouting 10 to 14 days after seeding. Key research: Hwang, S.F., Alberta Agriculture and... Read More