Picking varieties? Look here

Canola variety decision-making for 2018 should include a flip through the new Canola Variety Selection Guide: Featuring CPT Summary Data. It can be downloaded from the Canola Performance Trial (CPT) website to your phone, computer or tablet for easy reading.

This selection guide is the first CPT booklet of its kind and includes information to help assess a dataset, tips on how to make more sense of some statistics and graphs with summary data.

This guide can help you understand how to best use long term trial data to predict future yields, and explains how to understand what exactly a “significant difference” is. This is a guide to keep handy!

As the name suggests, the ‘Canola Variety Selection Guide: Featuring CPT Summary Data’ showcases quality data from the 2011 through 2016 small plot and field scale Canola Performance Trials. It was designed to assist growers with the variety selection process by providing information and data on different factors that could be considered when seed decisions for 2018. It also provides an overview of key functions of the searchable online database on the CPT website, to help you compare varieties in the way that interests you most.

The new Canola Variety Selection Guide is not replacing the annual CPT data booklets; it is an additional resource for growers and industry members to utilize when making this major input decision. The 2017 CPT results booklet is coming soon.

Scroll to the bottom at canolaperformancetrials.ca to find the search and variety comparison tools.

The CPT program remains an independent, unbiased variety testing program which was entirely funded by Alberta Canola, SaskCanola and the Manitoba Canola Growers Association this year, along with contributions from the BCGPA. The Canola Council of Canada administers the program.