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New canola performance data available

Comparative data on canola seed varieties is now available to farmers from the new Canola Performance Trials (CPT) 2011 that replaced the PCV trails axed in 2010.

The CPT 2011 represents the next generation in variety evaluation for western Canadian canola growers. The three Prairie canola grower groups – the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission (Sask-Canola) and the Manitoba Canola Growers Association — fund the 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.

Participants in the small plot trials consisted of line companies,independent retailers and seed companies including Viterra, Bayer CropScience, Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences, Cargill, Canterra Seeds, BrettYoung Seeds, FP Genetics and SeCan. The CPT 2011 includes results from 23 small plots. Monsanto, Bayer CropScience, Canterra Seeds and Dow AgroSciences also participated in a total of 108 audited field scale trials.

Results are organized by short, medium and long season zones.

The results booklet is available now online at canolaperformancetrials.ca. The three Prairie grower groups will be posting it as well. This month, an online selection tool will be available at the same website, highlighting the contribution margin calculator. A printed booklet version of the results will be available shortly at Prairie ag retail outlets. †

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