M. Price1, A.O.M. Smith1 and J. McKinney2
Partner: New Brunswick Soil and Crop Improvement Association
Abstract: The New Brunswick Soil and Crop Improvement Association with funding from the Strategic Partnership Development Program in co-operation with the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture conducted a Biodiesel trial in Hartland, New Brunswick in 2004. The trial, consisting of 5 species (5 different varieties per species) was seeded, in a randomized block design, on the 13th day of May 2004. Variety dry matter yields (tons/ha) ranged from 0.73 to 2.81. Lowest and highest yielding varieties were Torch and 5912, respectively. Species dry matter yields (tons/hectare) ranged from 1.59 to 1.98. Lowest and highest yielding species were B. carinata and B. juncea. Although this climate area was thought not to provide adequately for maturity, it has been concluded from this trial, that there is a high potential to produce all canola species. All species grew well without incident. During harvest shattering became an issue, therefore it has been concluded that stands will likely require swathing in order to minimize harvest losses. It has also been concluded that more work needs to be repeated in the future in order to have a better assessment of yield potential.
1 NB Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Agriculture Development Branch, PO Box 6000, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5H1
2 NB Soil and Crop Improvement Association, 16 Gilks Road, Maugerville, NB, E3A 8N4