Enhancing Canola Production with Improved Phosphorus Fertilizer Management

Researcher: Stewart Brandt, Jessica Pratchler (NARF), Jessica Weber (WARC), Chris Holzapfel (IHARF), Christiane Catellier (IHARF)

Project Code: CARP 2015.02

Final Report: March 2019

Summary: Canola has a relatively high phosphate requirement compared to cereals, and with high yielding canola hybrids, the safe rates for seed-row placement are typically insufficient for yield optimization. Researchers conducted a three-year project to determine how to best apply these high rates and the best recommendations for high yielding canola production. Overall, the study demonstrated that the optimal phosphorus management practices have changed for growing canola in Saskatchewan, and that the current phosphorus fertilizer recommendations should be reconsidered for the high yielding cultivars currently used. All or most of the phosphorus fertilizer applied should be side-banded, especially when higher rates are needed, to minimize seed damage and maximize yields.

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