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Manitoba Canola Growers research overview

Research funding targets 2023-24

  • Flea beetle management strategies
  • Verticillium stripe management [NEW]
  • Optimizing fertility management in canola
  • Improving yield stability in environmental extremes
  • Managing acres to improve soil health
The plant counts program encourages farmers to achieve five to eight plants per square foot, one way to improve yield stability.

MCGA Research Priorities

The overall goal is to increase canola yield potential and stability in Manitoba conditions through genetic and agronomic solutions. Research priorities to help achieve this goal are:

  • Protect canola yields from current and emerging pests
  • Improve canola nutrient use efficiency through 4R management practices
  • Reduce or improve the environmental impact of canola production
  • Reduce harvest and storage losses through genetic and management solutions, as well as equipment optimization
  • Ensure supply of high-quality canola to meet current and future end-use demands

Funding by Research Area

MCGA research funding is divided into research areas. The chart below shows the proportion of research projects funded in each area for 2022-23.

2023 On-Farm Results

The Manitoba Canola Growers’ On-Farm Research Program was funded in part by the Governments of Canada and Manitoba under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial territorial initiative.

If you are interested in participating in MCGA’s canola on-farm trials for the 2024 growing season, please contact

How to access the Research Database?

You can find current or completed research projects at Manitoba Canola Grower’s Research Database (search at or at the Canola Council of Canada’s Research Hub (

Manitoba Canola Growers’ on-farm research sites for 2023

Types of on-farm trials in 2023

Nitrogen rate trial (five site locations)

  • Research Objective: Identify optimal nitrogen fertilizer rate based on return on investment and nitrogen use efficiency.
  • Treatments: Farmer’s standard nitrogen rate compared to reduced rate (75 per cent) and high rate (125 per cent).
  • Data Collected: Plant counts, nitrogen tissue content at bolting, grain yield, nitrogen use efficiency, protein and oil percentages in harvest seed.

Seeding rate trial (seven site locations)

  • Research Objective: Identify economic and agronomic optimal seeding rates for Manitoba canola production and the major factors influencing this relationship.
  • Treatments: Farmer’s standard seeding rate compared to reduced rate (75 per cent) and high rate (125 per cent).
  • Data Collected: Spring and fall plant counts, emergence percentage, survival percentage, plant stand uniformity, grain yield.

Seed-placed fertilizer trial (20 site locations)

  • Research Objective: Identify optimal seed-placed phosphorus fertilizer application rates based on investment and establishment.
  • Treatments: Farmer’s standard seed-placed fertilizer rate compared to no seed-placed (0 per cent) and higher rate (125 per cent)
  • Data Collected: Spring plant count.