The tool includes an economic calculator, interactive maps, and the ability to refine searches by five traits
The online Canola Variety Selection tool is now live with data from the 2012 Canola Performance Trials (CPT), giving canola growers another tool to compare variety performance.
The CPT provides science-based, unbiased performance data that reflects actual production practices. The selection tool provides comparative data on leading varieties and newly introduced varieties. The tool includes an economic calculator, interactive maps, and the ability to refine searches by season zone, herbicide tolerance (HT) type, yield, days to maturity, lodging and height.
This year producers will benefit from being able to compare data from the 2011 trials as well.
“With all the weather challenges in 2012 we did lose some sites, but overall the year went well and we collected a lot of data to help growers make their seed decisions,” says Franck Groeneweg, chair of the CPT governance committee and grower director with SaskCanola. “The committee worked very well together, with good co-operation among representatives from the seed industry and the provincial grower groups.”
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 CPT program. Seed trade companies that participated paid entry fees. The B.C. Grain Producers Association conducted trials in the Peace as their means of participation.
The CPT 2012 booklet has results from 23 small plots and 81 field-scale plots. Line companies, independent retailers and seed companies, including Viterra, Bayer CropScience, Monsanto, Cargill, Canterra Seeds, BrettYoung Seeds, FP Genetics and SeCan, participated in small-plot trials. Monsanto, Bayer CropScience and Canterra Seeds participated in audited field-scale trials.
Results are organized by short-, medium- and long-season zones. In addition, a booklet containing the results is being mailed with the November 1 edition of Canola Digest to Canada’s about 43,000 canola growers. A pdf of the booklet can be downloaded at canolaperformancetrials.ca.
Haplotech (led by Dr. Rale Gjuric) co-ordinated the trials under the guidance of a governance committee that oversaw approval of varieties, protocol design, data collection, analysis and reporting, and financial management.