December 23, 2016 – Results are in for the 2016 Canola Performance Trials (CPT). Data from the science-based, third-party variety evaluations for both small-plot and field-scale trials have now been uploaded to the online comparison tool at www.canolaperformancetrials.ca. A summary booklet is also available for download at the site.
The searchable database now includes six years of data on yield, height, lodging and days to maturity, covering a wide range of growing season conditions. Online tools include interactive maps and the ability to refine searches by province, season zone (short, mid or long), herbicide tolerance (HT) system or trial type (small plot or field scale).
Data can be viewed by searching all varieties or as a comparison between specific varieties (displaying either all available data for each or a head-to-head comparison).
“The CPT program continues to publish high-quality data from both the small-plot and field-scale sites,” says Nicole Philp, CCC agronomy specialist and CPT co-lead. “Small-plot and field-scale sites were inspected by the committee or other independent agronomists throughout the year, and all yield data was collected using weigh wagons. In addition, grower cooperators sign-off was required in order for all of the field-scale site data to be considered for the final dataset.”
The three Prairie canola grower groups – the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission (SaskCanola) and the Manitoba Canola Growers Association – fund the program. The B.C. Grain Producers Association conducted trials in the Peace region as its means of participation. The provincial oilseed specialists and industry scientists provide expertise. The Canola Council of Canada delivers the CPT program.
Commercial canola varieties tested in the 2016 trials are from Bayer CropScience, BrettYoung Seeds, Canterra Seeds, Cargill, DL Seeds, DuPont Pioneer, Monsanto, Proven Seed/CPS and Syngenta.
Haplotech, led by Dr. Rale Gjuric, coordinated the trials under the guidance of a governance committee that oversees approval of varieties, protocol design, data collection, analysis and reporting, and financial management.
The CPT program includes both small-plot and field-scale trials. Published results for 2016 are based on 13 small-plot trials and 50 standard field-scale trials across the Prairies.
The Canola Council of Canada is a full value chain organization representing canola growers, processors, life science companies and exporters. Keep it Coming 2025 is the strategic plan to ensure the canola industry’s continued growth, demand, stability and success – achieving 52 bushels per acre to meet global market demand of 26 million tonnes by the year 2025. The CCC will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the annual Canola Council Convention, March 7-9, 2017 in Winnipeg, MB.
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