Harvest Management Projects

Average harvest losses in canola are 5.9%, according to recent work in Western Canada. At an average yield of 50 bushels/acre and a price of $9/bushel, that translates into a loss of $27/acre. Identifying where these losses occur will help growers manage their field operations more effectively.

Projects underway

Evaluation of on-farm harvest losses in canola across western Canada
Developing methods to estimate pod drop and pod shatter in canola

Evaluation of on-farm harvest losses in canola across Western Canada

(SC 3.4.1)
Objective: To quantify on-farm canola yield losses and to understand the contributing factors.

Research team: Dr. Robert Gulden (University of Manitoba) – Principal Investigator; Dr. Neil Harker (AAFC, Lacombe); Dr. Steve Shirtliffe (University of Saskatchewan); Dr. Linda Hall (University of Alberta)

Funded through the Canola/Flax Canadian Agri-Science Cluster, a joint initiative of AAFC and Canola Council of Canada

Developing methods to estimate pod drop and pod shatter in canola

(SC 3.4.2) 
Objective: To develop a quantitative or semi-quantitative method for easy and reliable estimation of pod drop and pod shatter in a maturing canola stand.

Research team: Robert Gulden (University of Manitoba) – Principal Investigator

Funded through the Canola/Flax Canadian Agri-Science Cluster, a joint initiative of AAFC and Canola Council of Canada