Ultimate Canola Challenge – Updates

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  • August 24 – Cleardale UCC Update

    As of today, the crop looks healthy, although grasshoppers still populate the headlands, and the crop is a little shorter than we’d like. A few flowers are still visible on some of the plants.     With the naked eye, it is difficult to see much difference between the treatments, so it looks like we […]


  • July 2, 2015 – Cleardale UCC Update

    As many people are aware, moisture conditions have been extremely variable this year, and at the beginning of July, Cleardale was a little dry. Lots of grasshoppers were found at the field edge of the Cleardale UCC site, and one plant was found displaying symptoms of root rot, although the field as a whole was […]


  • August 6, 2015 – Dreary Day in Medstead

    Between the treated and untreated strips there are still no visible differences, but the crop is progressing! The field is coming out of flowering with only a few side branches not completely podded.


  • July 28, 2015 – Portage UCC Trial Update

    It’s been a few weeks since my last update, sorry for the delay! I visited the Portage UCC trial on Monday July 27th. There was still standing water in the field because the site had received 4 inches of rain in the past few days.



  • July 27, 2015 – Medstead Coming Out of Flowering

    Flowering is wrapping up and the pods are starting to fill nicely at the site in Medstead. The main racemes have the pods filling while the side branches have a few buds and flowers remaining.



  • July 14, 2015 – Medstead Update

    Conditions are much more favourable in Medstead with recent precipitation! Currently the crop is in 40-50% bloom. When pictures were taken from the air and also from the ground no visual differences were observed. DCIM100MEDIA


  • July 7, 2015 – Portage la Prairie Update


    All of the boron treatments have been applied to the Portage la Prairie UCC site. Currently the trial is close to full flower. Although, over the July 4-5th weekend a storm brought 39 mm of rain and 52km/h winds, resulting in a wet site and slight lodging.


  • July 2nd- Medstead Update


    So far there are no variable differences between the areas treated with boron and areas without. Pictures were taken overhead with the drone and the field was walked. Neither view offered significant differences between the treated and untreated crop.


  • June 16, 2015 – UCC Field Trials Introduction

    Cleardale UCC site, May 27, 2015

    The Ultimate Canola Challenge (UCC) is a project that is designed to help canola growers identify the best management practices for their crops by testing various techniques and products.


  • June 16, 2015 – Progress in Portage la Prairie


    Here is a quick update on the Portage la Prairie UCC Site. Ideal temperature and moisture conditions have promoted fast crop growth this past week. The trial site has received approximately 8-9mm of rain. Daily maximum temperatures have ranged from 23-28. Thus, the crop has jumped from the 2-3 leaf stage to the 4-5 leaf stage since my last post!


  • June 9, 2015 – Manitoba UCC Plot


    The Manitoba 2015 Ultimate Canola Challenge plot is located South of Portage, along highway 240 towards South Port. The exact location is Lot 107 in the Parrish of Portage. In this area the soil is an Elm River Silt Loam.


  • June 4th – Medstead SK UCC Site

    The UCC site that will be featured for Saskatchewan is located near Meadstead. The site was seeded with the Dekalb 74-44 variety on May 14th, 2015 at a rate of 5.3lbs/acre. The fertilizer was 130-40-0-30 of actual nutrient as liquid sidebanded with 0.3lbs/acre of boron in liquid form.


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