|Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan|
Finding the Right Canola
"I like Proven Seeds Local Performance Check Program because it compares varieties from Proven Seed to the other top choices out there. That gives these tests a lot more credibility- farmers don't necessarily want to see a new variety compared to the checks or a variety that is six or seven years old."
I tell growers to compare as many trials as possible. The more trials you compare the more accurate the average will be. Look for nearby plots- the further a site is away from them the more likely it is to experience different weather and growing conditions. Because of the size of Proven Seeds testing program there is always a Local Performance Check close by.
Having farmers manage the plots gives Local Performance Check trials a lot of credibility with the growers too. Proven Seed doesnt tell the farmer to use 120 lbs of N or tell them to apply fungicides- all they ask is that the farmer treats all varieties consistently.
I find the Head to Head plots are also a good way to test standability. Tiny research plots are not a good way to measure lodging. Standability is a big factor here. Head-to-Head Trials are large enough to get a good idea which one stands better.
A canola variety has to win farmers over with its own merits. The results speak for themselves.
Sales Agronomist, Rosenort Agro
With almost 200 varieties to choose from, selecting the right canola for your farm isnt easy. Proven Seed Retailers are a great resources to give you sound advice. Each year retailaers like Ray Mazinke count on information from the Local Performance Checks to make confident recommendations about varieties that are best suited for your fields. The Local Performance Check program is unique. Heres why: