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  • CPT data added to online tool

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    Canola variety results from the 2018 Canola Performance Trials (CPTs) have been added into the searchable database on the CPT website, so all your queries can now include 2018 data in addition to the 2011-2017 datasets. Find out average yield, lodging, height values or days to maturity for specific varieties or for all varieties grown in any number of years by using the searchable database at the bottom of the home page at canolaperformancetrials.ca.

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  • What is seed dormancy and why does it matter?

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    Dormancy happens when a canola seed experiences unfavourable germination conditions and ‘decides’ not to invest in germination until a later date. This is the main contributing factor in the persistence of volunteer canola, which may not germinate for years after the seeds first fall to the ground.

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  • Consider yield and profit when choosing a seeding rate

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    A target of five to eight plants per square foot allows for the loss of a couple of plants to frost, insects or other establishment threats while maintaining yield potential. This seeding rate is extra insurance to reduce risk. This target density range is also wide enough to allow for some uncertainty due to emergence percentage and seed size variations within a seed lot. Here are the economic considerations for five to eight versus two to three plants per square foot…

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  • Seed trait priorities: Disease resistance, maturity, seed treatment

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    When choosing canola hybrids for 2019, think through the yield, quality and profit achieved over the past few years and consider what factors may have reduced overall profitability. Add notes on harvestability. Then consider how seed traits could help manage any existing and potential challenges, reduce risk and improve profitability.

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  • Enter seed size into canola calculator

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    As you pick up canola seed, look at the thousand seed weight for each lot and run that through the seed rate calculator at canolacalculator.ca. This will indicate the seeding rate required to hit your target stand.

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  • OP canola varieties: MCGA study and 46A76 update

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    Manitoba Canola Growers ran a two-year trial comparing yield and quality for eight open-pollinated napus varieties as well as two hybrid checks (5440 and 45H29). Average yield for the eight varieties was 25% less than the checks. Two varieties tested are newly available Bounty Gold and Alfa Gold, bred at the University of Alberta. In the Manitoba trials, these yielded 76.6 and 78.2 per cent of checks, respectively.

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  • The variety you want is sold out? Use CPT to find alternatives

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    As canola varieties sell out, canola growers can research alternative choices at canolaperformancetrials.ca. The website provides independent, third-party variety performance data from small plot and field scale trials across the Prairies.

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  • Use CPT data for final seed decisions for 2018

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  • Picking varieties? Look here

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    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.

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  • Seed treatment upgrades diversify insect protection

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    With each canola seed decision, growers face this question: Would a seed treatment upgrade to improve management of flea beetles and cutworms provide a return on investment? A review of flea beetle and cutworm scouting notes from the past few years will help with this decision.

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  • Plant stand counts: WHY and HOW

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    Counting stubble density in the fall can help growers determine if their spring seeding rate was adequate to reach the crop’s yield potential. Canola generally needs a bare minimum of 4-5 plants per square foot to reach its yield potential.

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  • New seed selection guide is worth a look!

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    Whether making canola seed decisions for 2018, take a few minutes to flip through the new Canola Variety Selection Guide: Featuring CPT Summary Data.

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  • Canola Watch quiz: CPT seed decision tool

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    The team that brings you the Canola Performance Trials has released a new booklet that compiles data from 2011 to 2016. This quiz provides a good introduction to that useful seed-decision resource.

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  • Seed: What traits do you need?

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    When choosing canola hybrids for 2018, think through the yield, quality and profit achieved over the past few years and consider what factors may have reduced overall profitability. Add notes on harvestability. Then consider how seed traits could help manage any existing and potential challenges, reduce risk and improve profitability. The grower with the field above perhaps should put a priority on lodging resistance.

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  • Seed: How to use the Canola Performance Trials database

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    If you are already looking into booking canola seed for next spring, make sure you add the canolaperformancetrials.ca to your list info sources to check. It features independent, third-party trial data on familiar and new canola varieties from both small plot and field scale sites all across western Canada. A large amount of high-quality data is ready for you to filter and search through, depending on what parameters you are most interesting in.

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