Impact of management and environment on canola establishment based on survey data

Researcher: Julie Leeson, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatoon Christoph Neesor, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Lethbridge

Project Code: 3.1.2

Final Report: March 2013

Summary: A three-year study was conducted from 2010 to 2012 across western Canada in
conjunction with planned Prairie Weed Surveys to determine the impact of the environment, management and weeds on canola crop establishment. The study showed that producers appear to be targeting stand densities at the lower end of the recommended range. In years with extreme weather conditions, this often results in
lower than recommended stand densities. Overall the research shows that even under relatively good environmental conditions, approximately 40% of producers would benefit from better crop establishment, which would help optimize canola yields for the majority of canola producers.

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