In 2009, the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Team initiated a winter canola variety trial in Alburgh, VT as a part of the 2009-2010 National Winter Canola Variety Trial. Growing winter canola holds many possible advantages for Vermont farms. Sown in early fall, winter canola can fit well into rotations following short-season grain crops, or short-season corn. Additionally, many farms are engaged in on-farm fuel production endeavors, and canola continues to be a high-yielding oilseed crop in areas where the growing season is relatively short. However, in order for on-farm fuel production to be feasible, farmers must be able to reliably produce a high yielding crop, which is dependent on good agronomic practices including variety selection. Replicated canola variety trials were conducted with an experimental design of randomized complete blocks with four replications. Fifteen varieties were evaluated for fall stand density, yield, and oil quantity.


Vermont, University of Vermont

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