Top science for the bottom line

Canadian Canola growers have a new tool to help them in their mission to increase productivity and profitability. The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) recently launched the Canola Research Hub – an online database designed to provide growers with the latest research findings, best practices, and practical tools to evaluate agronomic performance. The Hub can be found at www.canolaresearch.ca

Regional info for growers …

“This is a first-of-its-kind technology transfer tool,” says Curtis Rempel, VP Crop Production  and Innovation with CCC. “It will allow growers to access canola research behind particular recommendations and quickly zero in on the findings most relevant to their region and concern.”

Canola growers visiting the Hub will be able to access the results of all 31 studies under the Canola/Flax Agri-Science Cluster of Growing Forward 1. This includes details on research into plant establishment, fertility management and the role of variable rate technology. For example, a piece titled ‘Nitrogen Dynamics’ reports on the findings of a study that set out to develop a strategy for nitrogen fertilizer for canola production in semi-arid conditions. According to the research, “Polymer coated urea increased canola yields 25% of the time …”

The CCC has set a strategic goal of achieving 52 bushels per acre to meet global market demand of 26 million metric tonnes by 2025.

Tech transfer goes online …

“Scientists are often only available for two or three tech transfer events per year with audiences ranging from very small up to a few hundred,” explains Kelly Turkington of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), which supported the Hub via Growing Forward 2. “This online resource is available to all audiences at all times.”

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