On-Farm Precision Canola
This trial is takes key findings from Farming Smarter's small plot precision planter research program and evaluates performance in a real-world field environment, fostering adaptation development and adoption.
- This project is one component of a broader precision planter research program
- Field activities have been supported by nearly a dozen different farmers who have hosted trials on their farms, and lent equipment to facilitate trial implementation
- Alberta Ag Centre and Kubota Canada have supplied planters for use in this research.
Lewis Baarda Farming Smarter
CAP (50%), Farming Smarter (50%), Partners
Short Term Objectives
Evaluate performance of both seeders in a field setting using rigorous on-farm trials.
Compare the effectiveness of both seeders using low seeding rates as well as industry standard seeding rates.
Assess whether the benefits of narrow row planters observed in small plot research are valid in a field-scale environment.
Long Term Objectives
Generate a robust data package through facilitated on-farm research.
Field validate effectiveness of precision planters and the agronomic benefits they provide for canola.
Learn how to better adapt narrow row precision planters for on-farm use.
Help to foster uptake and adoption of this novel practice.
Achieve the highest yields possible using narrow row precision planters.
Design ≥ 3 field scale locations x 3 years each
Factor A seeder: planter, air seeder (use producers 10-15" spacing)
Factor B Seeding Rate: Standard (Industry standard for crop being studied), low (Half of industry standard for crop being studied)