14 Sep, 2015
SeedMaster Canola Seed Survival Study Underway

At SeedMaster we have been conducting a Canola Seed Survival Study for the last two seasons and we are looking forward to our third season this fall.  

Below is a map showing the locations of the 22 SeedMaster owners that participated in 2014.

Methods:

Plant counts are completed at three locations within each field.  Six counts per location for a total of 18 counts per field.  The highest and lowest count from each field is discarded.  The remaining 16 counts will be averaged together to determine the plant population for each field.

Once plant population is determined, the following formula is used to determine seed survival.

Seeding Rate (lbs./ac.) = [9.6 x actual plant population(plants/ft2) x TKW (grams)] ÷ % seed survival

Below is the data that was obtained from 22 farms in 2014.  It can be seen from the above graph that Individual Row Metering (IRM) had a 7.70% increase in seed survival over the bulk delivery systems in the second year of the study.

If you recall your canola seed rate on a given field and your TKW of the seed used, you are able to participate.  If you choose to participate someone from SeedMaster will visit your farm to count canola stalks to determine field average plant population and seed survival.  All we need is to be pointed in the direction of your field (We will not slow down your harvest operation!!).

If you are interested in participating in this study please contact Jennifer Moss at jenniferm@seedmaster.ca.


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