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Bertha armyworm monitoring system still works

Key result: The current system for monitoring potential bertha armyworm outbreaks is based on a pheromone trap network developed in the 1970s (Steck et al. 1979) and improved in the 1980s (Struble et al. 1984). This study tested the efficiency of this system in the context of current canola production and determined the monitoring and...
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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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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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Assessing current soil-test based fertilizer recommendations

Key Result: Soil-test-based fertilizer applications can be a sustainable and economical technique to optimize crop production and profit margin, but aren’t always used due to questions of effectiveness. This study found that soil test recommendations are fairly accurate and provide good information to growers in both direct seeding and conventional tillage systems. Project title, Principal...
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EC cannot help make VR strategies more consistent

Key Result: While soil electrical conductivity (EC) measurement is a strong indicator of soil clay and moisture content, it cannot help to make variable rate (VR) fertilizer programs more consistent. Producers using VR should be prepared to use a specific strategy for each field each year. Project title, Principal investigators: “Understanding soil variability for effective...
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