Provincial Oilseed Specialist
Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development
Canola Rotation Performance
Tuesday, January 24 4:00pm - 5:00pm Room 1
Wednesday, January 25 1:30pm - 2:30pm Room 4
Murray joined Alberta Agriculture in 1993 as a regional crop specialist, and has been the provincial oilseed specialist since 2001. Previous work experience includes managing an applied research association, and service with United Grain Growers. Formal education was B.Sc. (Agronomy) and M.Sc. (Soil Fertility).
The crop insurance database in Alberta was used to summarize the frequency and yield effects of various canola rotation breaks, and canola after different crops. Throughout the prairies canola rotations have shortened, and canola every second year is the most popular break interval in traditional canola growing areas. Canola on canola generally has 15-20% yield drop compared to canola every 2 or 3 years. Risks and strategies of managing short canola rotations will be discussed.