Canola Biodiesel Sustainability
Principal Investigator: Neil Harker, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lacombe, AB
Collaborators: John O’Donovan, Kelly Turkington, Robert Blackshaw, Newton Lupwayi, Eric Johnson, Yantai Gan, Gary Peng, Byron Irvine, Ramona Mohr
Published: “Dosdall, L. M., K. N. Harker, J. T. O’Donovan, R. E. Blackshaw, H. R. Kutcher, Y. Gan, and E. N. Johnson. 2012. Crop sequence effects on root maggot (Diptera: Anthomyiidae: Delia spp.) infestations in canola. J. Econ. Entomol. 105:1261-1267.”
The goal of this study is to see how often producers can put canola in their rotation to meet food and fuel demand for canola oil before yield results start to drop.
Neil Harker with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) led two six-year studies at five sites — Lacombe, AB, Lethbridge, AB, Scott, SK, Melfort, SK and Swift Current, SK — to determine the agronomic and economic implications of growing canola in “tight” rotations, and to determine crop sequence effects on canola yield. Both studies wrapped up with the 2013 growing season.Open the PDF to read the entire research summary from the 2013 Science Issue of Canola Digest
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