Because winter canola is a relatively new crop for the Northeastern United States, optimal planting dates for winter canola have not yet been established for this region. In addition, the impact of seeding rate on winter survival remains unclear for our region. Therefore, the goal of this project was to determine the impact of planting date and seeding rate on winter canola survival, plant characteristics, and seed and oil yields. Winter canola is planted in late summer and harvested the following summer. Getting canola planted as early as possible is often recommended for Midwest producers, but growers in the Northeast struggle with timing canola seeding after harvesting another crop, as well as wet fall conditions for planting. In addition, seeding at a higher or lower rate may impact the survival of the crop, its growth the following spring, and ultimately seed and oil yields. While the data presented are only representative of one year, this information can be combined with other research to aid in making planting decisions for canola in the Northeast.


Vermont, University of Vermont

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