GHG Improvement

November 1, 2013

Environmental Footprint of Canola and Canola-Based Products

Principle investigator: Vern Baron, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lacombe, AB

Co-Lead: Reynald Lemke

Published: Shrestha, B. M., McConkey, B. G., Smith, W. N., Desjardins, R. L., Campbell, C. A., Grant, B. B. and Miller, P. R. 2013. “Effects of crop rotation, crop type and tillage on soil organic carbon in a semiarid climate.” Can. J. Soil Sci. 93: 137_146. (Part 2)

Achieving a high yield per acre is the best way to reduce the environmental and carbon footprints of canola.

Vern Baron with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) led a three part study to assess the environmental footprint of canola production in Canada. Part 1 was a life cycle assessment of Western Canadian canola crop production to see how the environmental footprint changed from 1990 to 2010. This assessment would also determine if implementation of beneficial management practices for canola production affected its environmental footprint. Part 2 looked at existing long-term rotations on the Brown Soil Zone to determine how canola production systems affect emissions of nitrous oxide, the soil nitrogen (N) balance, and the land carbon balance compared with other crops.

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