Proven Performance Trials 2014 - Page 5

2014 Field Performance Checks The CPS Field Performance Check (FPC) program has been testing varieties and collecting data since 2009 to give producers and CPS agronomists local results under local conditions in a field scale format. All sites were producer-managed using field scale equipment. Each hybrid in the site was planted twice to increase consistency of data. All fields were seeded on the same date and treated with the same fertilizer, herbicides and fungicides. Harvest timing was based on variety maturity. Yields were measured by weigh wagon or by yield monitors, which were calibrated prior to harvest. 64 napus canola sites were seeded in 2014 and yield data was collected from 40 of these sites. Province Seeded Sites Harvested Sites Alberta 29 19 Saskatchewan 26 16 Manitoba 9 5 Grand Total 64 40 Yield 2014 proved to be a somewhat more challenging canola production year, particularly following such an excellent growing year in 2013. However yields in Western Canada were still very respectable. Yields were reported on 27 of the Field Performance Check (FPC) trial sites and were based on weigh wagon or yield monitor results. 2014 FPC Yield Results (bu./ac.) 50 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 LSD ( ) = 1.81 40.4 42.0 41.4 41.1 PV 530 G VR 9562 GC PV 533 G DK 74-54 BL indicates the level of signficant difference of +/- 1.81 bushel per acre. A variety that performs within 1.81 bu./ac. of another is not considered statistically different. PV 530 G, VR 9562 GC, PV 533 G and Dekalb 74-54 BL all performed the same on yield in the FPC sites Managers, Agronomic Services (MAS) A MAS from CPS ensures that each of the Field Performance Checks sites are established and monitored under defined protocols. Throughout the growing season the MAS and producer are in the field regularly to observe and take notes. These observations provide additional insight into the performance of the hybrids. Standability and swathability observations: • “PV 530 looked like a light swath but yielded the best and was easy to harvest” Watson, SK • “PV 530 was the producer’s favorite, best yield, best to swath” Tisdale, SK • “Proven Seed hybrids were the easiest to swath and combine” Spiritwood, SK • “Really like the swathing and harvestability of the PV 530 and VR 9562” Biggar, SK Flowering and maturity observations: • “The maturity was impressive - I was pleased. Although it wasn’t apparent at flowering time, it was very visible at harvest. Visually, PV 531 could have been swathed about 3 - 4 days ahead of the rest of the plot” Grimshaw, AB Yield and seed colour observations: • “DK 74-54 was 14% green, but the VR 9562 was 3.4% green and the PV 530 was 4.8% green” Canora, SK • “Green count was between 0 and 0.2% on everything except the DK 74-54 which was 3.2%” Biggar, SK • “VR 9562 won on gross margin per acre as it graded 1 Canada whereas DK 74-54 graded a 2 Canada” Russell, MB