The Ultimate Canola Challenge (UCC) is a program to challenge growers to obtain higher yields and profitability. It started in 2013, originating from the idea of pitting agronomists or researchers against each other in head-to-head competitions to see who could produce better canola yields. However, this effort did not come to fruition because the researchers believed that following the same best management practices that the agronomists promoted would produce the best result.
So the approach of the UCC was adjusted to testing whether various canola products, such as micro-nutrients and macro-nutrients, could increase yields and profitably when used in conjunction with the CCC recommended best management practices for canola. These were tested at multiple research locations across the prairies for two years. In 2015, the UCC evolved into a vehicle to encourage canola growers to evaluate new products and practices for themselves using their own field scale trials
In 2016, the UCC will continue as a program encouraging canola growers to push for higher yields and profitability by testing products and techniques for themselves, on their own farms.
2016 UCC Program
This year, the Canola Council of Canada is providing two field scale trial protocols so canola growers can implement their own on-farm research trials, and test and evaluate the performance of new tools or techniques for their farms.
The 2016 protocols are:
- Increased nitrogen fertilizer rates trial
- Variety testing trial
UCC 2016 Nitrogen Note Collection (MS Excel)
Stay tuned! If you are interested in participating in these trials, please contact Nicole Philp at 306-551-4597 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 UCC Program
Last year, to launch the field scale protocol to farmers in Western Canada, boron was selected as a product for farmers to test on their fields. Below is the protocol used, which can still be used to conduct boron or other trials that farmers are interested in implementing. In addition, a data collection sheet is available to guide farmers through monitoring the trial throughout the growing season.
UCC 2015 Field Scale Protocol (protocol can be applied to other product trials)
UCC 2015 Small Plot Protocol
UCC 2015 Results Summary (PDF)
UCC 2015 Data Collection Sheet (MS Excel)
UCC 2015 Webinar (PPT)
UCC 2015 Updates (Blog)
Other UCC Resources
UCC Crop Prouction BMPs
UCC 2013-2014 Results Summary (PDF)