1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
Establish a genomic field trial for canola, camelina and various oilseeds at Akron, Colorado.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
A select group of various oilseed lines will be seeded in the spring and replicated in small field plot trials at Akron, CO. Germplasm will be evaluated for stand establishment, phenotypic development, grain yield, and oilseed yield.
In the fall of 2012 the winter oilseed stress trial was established in no-till managed wheat stubble. All cultivars emerged in spite of inadequate soil profile water storage due to drought. However, because of the drought the trial was planted late in the year and so most cultivars didn’t survive the winter. In March of 2013 the spring stress trial was established also in no-till managed wheat stubble. Excellent emergence and stands were documented for all cultivars planted. However, because of very little soil profile water storage in the previous year, the crop struggled to finish. Oilseed crop growth and phenotypic development was measured in all plots followed by measurements of accumulated biomass and oilseed yield. Yields were as expected extremely low due to drought. We have selected new locations on the research station for the second set of experiments with this effort to start in the fall of 2013.