Crop Establishment Projects

Growers invest up to $50 per acre in seed each year, and an average of only 60% of planted seed emerges.

The following projects are aimed at pushing that percentage higher. Continuing research is looking at the impact of management and environment, including the effects of stubble management, soil type, and regional environmental conditions.

Projects underway

Management practices for optimum canola emergence
Impact of management and environment on canola establishment based on survey data
Enhancing canola emergence with innovative stubble management practices and use of crop establishment aids
Improving canola establishment and uniformity across various soil-climatic zones of western Canada
Farm gate investigation of best management practices in canola establishment and production systems
Factors influencing canola emergence

Management practices for optimum canola emergence

(SC 3.1.1)
Objective:
 To determine critical seeding factors that affect canola stand establishment.

Research team: Dr. Bob Blackshaw (AAFC, Lethbridge) – Principal Investigator; Drs. Mike Bevans, Blanie Metzger and Lawrence Papworth (AGTech Centre, Lethbridge); Dr. Neil Harker (AAFC, Lacombe); Dr. Eric Johnson (AAFC, Scott); Dr. Randy Kutcher (AAFC, Melfort); Dr. Byron Irvine (AAFC, Brandon); CCC Agronomy Specialists

Funded through the Canola/Flax Canadian Agri-Science Cluster, a joint initiative of AAFC and Canola Council of Canada

Impact of management and environment on canola establishment based on survey data

(SC 3.1.2)
Objective:
 To conduct a field survey of randomly selected canola fields to provide a complete and unbiased assessment of crop stands in the Prairie Provinces, a first for this type of critical assessment. To determine the impact of the environment, management and weeds on crop establishment.

Research team: Julia Leeson (AAFC, Saskatoon) – Principal Investigator; Dr. Christoph Neeser (AARD, Brooks)

Funded through the Canola/Flax Canadian Agri-Science Cluster, a joint initiative of AAFC and Canola Council of Canada

Enhancing canola emergence with innovative stubble management practices and use of crop establishment aids

(SC 3.1.3)
Objectives:
 To enhance canola establishment by manipulating stubble height and use of companion crops to assist with canola emergence from a deeper depth.

Research team: Dr. Aaron Glen (AAFC, Brandon) – Principal Investigator; Drs. William May and Guy Lafond (AAFC, Indian Head); Dr. Herb Cutforth (AAFC, Swift Current); Dr. Paul Bullock (University of Manitoba); Dr. Chris Holzapfel (Agriculture Research Foundation, Indian Head)

Funded through the Canola/Flax Canadian Agri-Science Cluster, a joint initiative of AAFC and Canola Council of Canada

Improving canola establishment and uniformity across various soil-climatic zones of Western Canada

(SC 3.1.4)
Objective: 
To determine the effect of various degrees of uniformity in plant stand on crop development, seed yield and quality of canola in various soil-climatic zones, and to evaluate the effect of seed vigour and straw management options on establishment and crop yield.

Research team: Dr. Yantai Gan (AAFC, Swift Current) – Principal Investigator; Dr. Randy Kutcher (AAFC, Melfort); Dr. Eric Johnson (AAFC, Scott); Drs. Bill May and Guy Lafond (AAFC, Indian Head); Dr. Neil Harker (AAFC, Lacombe); Dr. Byron Irvine (AAFC, Brandon); Dr. Rob Gulden (University of Manitoba)

Funded through the Canola/Flax Canadian Agri-Science Cluster, a joint initiative of AAFC and Canola Council of Canada

Farm gate investigation of best management practices in canola establishment and production systems

(SC 3.1.5)
Objective: 
To conduct a comprehensive farm gate investigation of the best management practices producers have been using in canola production across the major canola production zones of western Canada.

Research team: Dr. Yantai Gan (AAFC, Swift Current) – Principal Investigator

Funded through the Canola/Flax Canadian Agri-Science Cluster, a joint initiative of AAFC and Canola Council of Canada

Factors influencing canola emergence

(SC 3.1.6)
Objective:
 To determine the impact of seeding speed, seeding depth and canola seed type on canola emergence.

Research team: Dr. Neil Harker (AAFC, Lacombe) – Principal Investigator; Dr. Bob Blackshaw (AAFC Lethbridge); Dr. Eric Johnson (AAFC, Scott); Drs. Bill May and Guy Lafond (AAFC, Indian Head); Dr. Elwin Smith (AAFC, Lethbridge)

Funded through the Canola/Flax Canadian Agri-Science Cluster, a joint initiative of AAFC and Canola Council of Canada