CCC agronomy specialists have a new project for 2013 — the Ultimate Canola Challenge (UCC). The underlying challenge is to follow all best management practices (BMPs) to see how canola yields when you “do everything right.”
Saskatchewan has two sites, Indian Head and Scott. Each site will have a ‘check’ with BMPs determined by CCC agronomists along with extension and AAFC specialists. Along with the check, additional treatments — such as boron — will be evaluated to see if they provide an improvement in yield, quality, maturity and return on investment. If UCC results uncover something extra or new that seems to work, it could lead to future research projects.
August 28 update
The Scott site has been swathed for about a week, as of August 28. Visually, maturity and biomass show no apparent differences among treatments. The photos above show the check and 125% nitrogen treatments. Other treatments, including boron and other specialized applications, look similar. Plots will likely be harvested by September 3.
August 10 update
August 2 update
High nitrogen plots are showing some differences in terms of root growth and canopy, but differences are not as evident when looking at pods from the top. The high nitrogen plots also appear to be a couple days later maturing.
July 26 update
Here is a picture of the canola plots at Scott. Canola has just finished flowering and is in the early pod development stage. No treatment differences are visible at this point.
June 27 update
Insect damage at the Scott site has been very minimal and no diamondback moths have been found in the trap on site.
C3 Stress relief treatment was applied after herbicide, June 17th. Liquid nitrogen fertilizer treatment was also applied June 17th. The second photo shows technician Larry Sproule dribble-banding liquid nitrogen (28-0-0). (The photo is actually of another trial but it shows the applicator used.)
According to environment Canada, Scott has received a total of 113.5mm of rainfall in the month of June.
All plots look visually similar at this point of the season. The weigh wagon will tell the story.
June 13 update
These photos are from June 12 at the Scott UCC site. The variety is L130, currently at the 4-leaf stage, on average.
The entire Scott farm received 100% hail damage in fall 2012, which is why there are such high numbers of volunteer barley. Liberty was applied at the recommended rate of 1.35L/ac on June 11.
June 11 update
May 15 update
Here is the Indian Head site this week. Seeding is close.