Crops

OCCI crop research

Olds College is located on 2,000 acres of prime farmland in central Alberta. The Olds College Centre for Innovation’s Crops division has a dedicated number of acres for applied research purposes.

Crops research focuses on assisting companies in seeking answers to the scientific questions that they have about prototype or late-stage product performance and efficacy. We design scientifically-rigorous and statistically meaningful experiments to address the underlying questions.

Crop research

Our Services

Olds College offers extensive service to agriculture companies. We primarily run small plot trials for companies interested in variety comparisons, herbicide and fungicide ratings or fertilizer assessments.

Companies running multi-site trials using a standard protocol will find expertly managed trial sites and final reporting in ARM. Site visits are encouraged.

  • Variety trials (wheat, barley, canola, flax, oats, etc.) for yield and moisture on-board
  • Fertilizer trials (broadcast or side banded, foliar sprays)
  • Herbicide and fungicide trials (disease or efficacy ratings)

Crop field

Our Research

Types of experiments we are currently undertaking include:

  • Small plot experiments for inputs such as foliar fertilizers, new desiccants, organic inputs, soil health improvers and conditioners

  • Small plot experiments for new crops (regionally) such as quinoa, hemp and hop

  • Large strip trials for crop interventions such as air-spraying comparisons

  • Greenhouse trials on planting tray or pot scale (usually to test efficacy of fertilizer or soil conditioners)

  • Lab to field studies such as non-labelled pesticide efficacy on target pests for possible label expansion.