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 2019, the Minnesota CPC was located at Northern Resources Cooperative in Roseau, MN. The trials include: 1) variety and systems comparison; 2) seed shattering; 3) canola management strategies to improve return on investment; 4) direct harvest vs. swathing; 5) nitrogen fertility rate, source, and timing; 6) canola tolerance to sulfentrazone; 7) singulation and row spacing; 8) singulation phosphorus source; and 9) micronutrients to enhance canola yield.

The Council's 2019 Canola Production Centre Field Day and Canola Hackers Golf Scramble was held on July 10 in Roseau.

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