Minnesota Canola Production Centre

In the late 1980s, the Canola Council of Canada initiated Canola Production Centres (CPCs) to address the ongoing need for canola production technology transfer. The CPCs were a joint effort between producer groups, industry representatives, and government and extension personnel. The unique aspect of CPCs was its field scale agronomic trials utilizing commercial farm equipment which better represented the crop conditions experienced by producers.

In 1997, the Minnesota Canola Council sought funding for a joint CPC project between the Minnesota Canola Council, University of Minnesota, and the Canola Council of Canada. The purpose of the project was to establish a Canola Production Centre site in Minnesota. The role of the Canola Council of Canada was to provide technical expertise and supervisory support. This helped ensure that activities at this site would be consistent with activities at the Canadian CPCs. Funding for the project was approved in April 1998 and the Minnesota Canola Production Centre was born.

Since that time, the Minnesota Canola Production Centre has evolved into a research site which incorporates both large and small plot research trials which address the highest priority research needs within the canola industry in Minnesota.

In 2020, the Minnesota CPC was located at Northern Resources Cooperative in Roseau, MN. The trials include: 1) variety & systems; 2) seed shattering; 3) direct harvest vs. swathing; 4) nitrogen fertility rate, source, and timing; 5) fertility and direct harvest strategies in canola seeded in wide rows; 6) evaluation of several soil applied herbicides to reduce the potential development of herbicide (Roundup or Liberty) resistant weeds; 7) micronutrient fertility management; and 8) strategies to improve nitrogen use efficiency in canola.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, details regarding the 2020 Minnesota Canola Council’s annual field day and golf outing have not yet been finalized. Please watch for further details as more information becomes available

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