Oilseed crops are primarily grown for the oil contained within the seeds, although multiple by-products can be utilized in the feed industry. Historically, the most lucrative and most commonly grown oilseed in Northeastern Alberta is Canola, which can contain up to 40% oil.
In response to increasing canola acres and high input costs, LARA began the Canola Fertility Trials in 2012 to look at the impacts of different nitrogen fertilizer rates on yields and to determine if there are differences in yield between conventional and Environmentally Safe Nitrogen (ESN) fertilizers.
High input costs, including fertilizer, has sparked producer interest in intercropping – the growing of two crops at the same time as a mixture in one field. Of particular interest is utilizing intercropping to improve multiple aspects of pea and canola agronomy.
The function of herbicides is dependent on the metabolism of the crops and weeds, which changes through the day. Recently, the question has been raised as to whether the effectiveness of various herbicides changes as spraying times are altered from daytime spraying to nighttime spraying. Consequently, the Night Spraying Trial was created to assess the effectiveness of different herbicides for the control of grassy and broadleaf weeds sprayed at varying times throughout the day in wheat and canola.
This demonstration is used to show the efficacy of current agronomic trends and to mimic common agronomic mistakes that can be made while seeding and managing canola.