When you clearly describe standard operating procedures (SOPs) for each major practice and piece of machinery on the farm, it helps bring consistency to performance — no matter who is doing the work.
Leaving standing canola until at least 50 per cent seed colour change on the main stem will mean higher yield and quality than cutting earlier. These four growers wait until at least that point and are pleased with the results.
The Canola Research Hub at canolaresearch.ca has a user interactive research database. This article is based on the query “What factors affect harvest losses in the Canadian Prairies?” with data based on a study led by Rob Gulden at the University of Manitoba.
The federal government’s $15 million investment in canola research through Growing Forward 2 combined with the canola industry’s $5 million contribution (which includes input from the canola grower organizations) is funding 23 research projects for five years. Here are short descriptions and progress reports for 15 agronomy projects on that list.