2020 Canola Regional Variety Trials

The CPT results in this report are based on 16 standard and 18 straight cut small plot trials across the Prairies. Site distribution is based on seeded acres in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. 

The small plot system ensures that:
• All varieties are treated with appropriate commercially associated herbicides and seed treatments.
• An independent third-party representative inspects all trials.

The CPT Technical Committee established protocols and developed research plot designs to ensure that the data is representative. Performance objectives were established to provide guidelines on timely field operations and data collection. All sites are inspected to verify these guidelines were followed to allow a fair comparison among the varieties tested. 

The 2020 program was funded by Alberta Canola Producers Commission (Alberta Canola), Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission (SaskCanola) and the Manitoba Canola Growers Association, with contributions from the B.C. Grain Producers Association (BCGPA). The 2020 trials were again coordinated by Haplotech with the direction from the CPT Governance and Technical Committees. The Canola Council of Canada supported on the delivery of the program. 

Commercial canola varieties tested in the 2020 small plot trials had seed provided by BASF – InVigor, Brett Young Seeds, Corteva-Brevant, Canterra Seeds, Bayer-DeKalb, Corteva-Pioneer and Nutrien-Proven Seeds and Winfield United-Croplan.

Results are organized by short, medium and long season zones. CPT uses the Western Canada Canola/Rapeseed Recommending Committee season zones, which are based on typical frost free days, growing degree days and soil type. See the map above for reference.

The results tables include yield, days to maturity, height and lodging scores for each variety. Lodging scores are between 1 and 5, with 1 being no lodging and 5 being completely lodged. 

Gross revenue is based on yield multiplied by $12.48/bu. This is based on the March 2021 futures price of $549.10 per tonne opening price on October 21, 2020 and standard (50-pound) bushel weight. No basis or other deducts were taken off the futures price. 

This report is one of several sources of information to consider in making the best decisions for your farm.

For further information on the CPT Program and data from 2011 through 2020, see