February 7, 2019 – Results for the 2018 Canola Performance Trials (CPT), which compared 29 new and leading canola varieties, are now available through the online searchable database at canolaperformancetrials.ca.
CPT 2018 included Clearfield, Liberty Link and Roundup Ready varieties grown in short-, mid- and long-season-zone locations across Western Canada. It also included nine straight-cut small plot trials and a good selection of clubroot-resistant (CR) varieties.
“With 10 clubroot-resistant varieties in the trials this year, the data provide a valuable seed-decision tool as the disease continues to spread across the Prairies,” says John Guelly, chair of the CPT Governance Committee.
Using the online searchable database, located at the bottom of the page at canolaperformancetrials.ca, growers can filter CPT results by province, season zone and herbicide-tolerance system. They can also search all varieties or do head-to-head comparisons of two or three varieties. Simply select a year and other filter parameters, and click ‘Search Trials’ to produce graphs and a data table displaying yield, days to maturity, height and lodging comparisons. A map shows the locations for all trials that fit the selections.
The online tool can also compare variety results over a number of years. The CPT program has been running since 2011, and all data collected over the past eight years is available.
“Canola grower organizations continue to fund these trials because growers see good value from the independent, third-party data on new and familiar canola varieties,” says Guelly.
Alberta Canola, SaskCanola and the Manitoba Canola Growers Association fund the program, along with contributions from the British Columbia Grain Producers Association. CPTs are guided by Governance and Technical Committees, which include grower representation, and facilitated by a contracted coordinator (Haplotech). Seed for 2018 trials was provided by the distributing companies.
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 metric tonnes by the year 2025. Visit canolacouncil.org to learn more.
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