October 25, 2013
An important decision making tool for 2014 is now available. A booklet of preliminary results from the 2013 Canola Performance Trials, the science-based, third party variety evaluation, has been posted at the Canola Council of Canada website at www.canolacouncil.org.
The direct web address to view or download the Canola Performance Trials (CPT) summary booklet is www.canolacouncil.org/crop-production/canola-performance-trials.
“Seed genetics are a big reason behind the success many growers experienced in 2013. Investing in advanced canola varieties that match the environmental potential, disease situation, and production practices for each farm will keep pushing canola forward,” says Franck Groeneweg, chair of the CPT governance committee and grower director with SaskCanola. “That is why we continue to operate the third party Canola Performance Trials. Variety selection is an important decision, and we want to provide growers with an independent review of leading genetics.”
The three Prairie canola grower groups —the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission (SaskCanola) and the Manitoba Canola Growers Association — provide funding for the CPT program. The B.C. Grain Producers Association conducted trials in the Peace as their means of participation. The Canola Council of Canada delivers the CPT program.
Line companies, independent retailers and seed companies, including Bayer CropScience, BrettYoung Seeds, Canterra Seeds, Cargill, DL Seeds, Monsanto, Proven Seed/Crop Production Services, Syngenta and UFA participated in the trials.
Haplotech, led by Rale Gjuric, coordinated the trials under the guidance of the governance committee, which oversaw approval of varieties, protocol design, data collection, analysis and reporting, and financial management.
The CPT system includes both small plot and large field scale trials. Results for 2013 are based on 20 small plot trials and 108 field scale trials
across the Prairies.
Full performance data from 2013 will also soon be uploaded to the online tool at www.canolaperformancetrials.ca. The tool includes interactive maps, an economic calculator, and the ability to refine searches by season zone, herbicide tolerance (HT) type, yield, days to maturity, lodging and height. When 2013 data is uploaded, users will be able to compare results from 2013, 2012 and 2011.
A printed version of the 2013 CPT results booklet will be mailed to canola growers in mid-November in a package with the new Canola Digest Science Special edition.
For comment, media may contact:
Chair, Governance Committee
CCC Agronomy Specialist
To reach the grower organizations:
Alberta Canola Producers Commission
Toll free: 1-800-551-6652
B.C. Grain Producers Association
Toll Free: 1-866-716-7170
Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission (SaskCanola)
Toll Free: 1-877-241-7044
Manitoba Canola Growers Association