Integrated Crop Management Projects

The industry needs a sound understanding of how canola fits into an overall crop rotation, which in turn impacts establishment, nutrition and protection during the canola crop year. The research projects in this area are aimed at determining the ideal environment to maximize production and ensure long term sustainability.

Projects underway

Integrated crop management systems for wild oat control
Improved integrated crop management with beneficial insects
Input study and recovery
Legumes before canola

Integrated crop management systems for wild oat control

(SC 3.6.1)
Objective: To determine innovative agronomic practices for superior wild oat control in field crops in Canada.

Research team: Dr. Neil Harker (AAFC, Lacombe) – Principal Investigator; Drs. Kelly Turkington and Vern Baron (AAFC, Lacombe); Drs. Bob Blackshaw, Newton Lupwayi and Elwin Smith (AAFC, Lethbridge); Dr. Eric Johnson (AAFC, Scott); Dr. Denis Pageau (AAFC, Normandin); Dr. Linda Hall (University of Alberta); Dr. Steve Shirtliffe (University of Saskatchewan); Dr. Rob Gulden (University of Manitoba); Dr. John Rowsell (University of Guelph)

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

Improved integrated crop management with beneficial insects

(SC 3.6.2)
Objective: To determine aspects of the biology of Diadegma insulare in canola in Western Canada. This research will focus on diamondback moth and the parasitoids that help keep its populations regulated. To improve risk forecasting for diamondback moth by evaluating several sampling methods for its principal parasitoid, D. insulare. To conduct laboratory studies to determine the biological requirements of this insect in relation to the effects of abiotic stress, especially temperature, on its developmental biology. To utilize information gained in the preceding objectives to train agronomists and farmers to monitor and sample crops for this insect and so reduce insecticide use where possible.

Research team: Dr. Lloyd Dosdall (University of Alberta) – Principal Investigator; Drs. Owen Olfert and Julie Soroka (AAFC, Saskatoon); Dr. Neil Harker (AAFC, Lacombe)

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

Input study and recovery

(SC 3.6.3)
Objective: To determine how many years it takes to recover from zero and 50% fertilizer and herbicide inputs.

Research team:  Dr. Neil Harker (AAFC, Lacombe) – Principal Investigator; Drs. Bob Blackshaw and Elwin Smith (AAFC, Lethbridge); Dr. Eric Johnson (AAFC, Scott); Dr. Randy Kutcher (AAFC, Melfort); Dr. John O’Donovan (AAFC, Lacombe)

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

Legumes before canola

(SC 3.6.4)
Objective: To determine the agronomic and economic merits of growing legume crops in the year preceding canola to reduce the amount of fertilizer required in canola production.

Research team: Dr. John O’Donovan (AAFC, Lacombe) – Principal Investigator; Drs. Bob Blackshaw, Newton Lupwayi and Elwin Smith (AAFC, Lethbridge); Drs. Cynthia Grant and Byron Irvine (AAFC, Brandon); Drs. Kelly Turkington and Neil Harker (AAFC, Lacombe); Dr. Eric Johnson (AAFC, Scott); Dr. Randy Kutcher (AAFC, Melfort); Drs. Bill May and Guy Lafond (AAFC, Indian Head); Dr. Yantia Gan (AAFC, Swift Current)

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