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The low-down on new canola hybrids

When making your seed buying decision for 2016, do your homework and check out the latest canola performance data and look at a variety’s entire agronomic package on top of the yield numbers.

For my money, your best source is going to be the CPT (Canola Performance Trials), available online and through provincial seed guides, and the public co-op trials. They will offer good comparison numbers in areas such as yield, days to maturity and standability.

The other benefit to the CPT trials is that many hybrids have been tested under actual production practices in large and small plot settings. One drawback is that not all of the major seed companies are represented. You would need to check out the company websites to find that data.

Wherever you go for your performance info, remember that local performance data is great, but data that’s been replicated within a site and in a high number of sites or over multiple years will give you a better picture of a variety’s performance and yield stability.

Keep in mind, 2014 was a very different season than 2015 across much of the Prairies. If you only look at non-replicated strip trial results from one site in one season, performance might not be what you expect next year.

This agronomy tip was brought to you by Michael Hutton, product evaluation scientist, oilseeds, with Syngenta Canada.

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