An online tool www.seedinteractive.ca
aimed at helping crop growers in Manitoba make variety decisions tailored to their own farms is now live. The Manitoba Seed Growers Association, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives and Grainewspublisher Farm Business Communications launched the new service earlier this year. The web tool is based on the performance data and variety characteristic information summarized in the annualSeed Manitobapublication. Performance data used on the site and inSeed Manitobacome partly from the annual trials conducted across the province s crop-growing regions by the Manitoba Crop Variety Evaluation Team (MCVET).
The guide offers long-term yield data as compared to a single check variety, as well as annual yield comparisons at various locations. Data is generally for yield, although protein, days to maturity, test weight and other data are included if available.
Crop types featured on the site include spring wheat, winter wheat, barley, oats, flax and peas. Others expected to be added in the future include fall rye, sunflowers (oilseed and confectionery varieties), soybeans, fababeans, lentils and field beans.
The site includes a Variety Characteristic Report tool, meant to allow farmers to familiarize themselves with given varieties disease resistance and general agronomic performance.
A Yield Comparison Report tool, meanwhile, is set up to allow farmers to choose their own check varieties to compare directly to a new or commonly grown variety at locations of their choice.