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Pacific Seeds Canola Yields Unexpected Bonus for Western Australia’s Ben Sprigg

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article image Heather Cosgriff from Pacific Seeds congratulates Ben Sprigg (centre) on winning a study tour to Germany thanks to buying Tornado TT canola from Dan Taylor, Elders Cranbrook.
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Ben Sprigg has already yielded a great return from purchasing Pacific Seeds ’ Tornado TT canola seed from his local Elders branch this season: winning a study tour to Germany thanks to buying Tornado Canola TT.

The Cranbrook grower is Western Australia’s lucky winner of a major seed competition that is sending four Australian growers on a 10-day study tour to Germany this July.

Mr Sprigg sowed 150 hectares Tornado TT canola for the first time this year on some rain in late May.

“We traded up from Beacon to Tornado for increased Blackleg resistance and higher yields,” Mr Sprigg said.

While it has nearly all emerged, dry weather in the last couple of weeks is slowing down sowing for barley and oat crops.

“The weather could be kinder, but we use knife points and press wheels at sowing, which is brilliant for dry seasons like this because when it does rain it runs into the furrows where it’s needed,” he said.

Mr Sprigg obtains cropping advice from Dan Taylor, Elders Cranbrook, on everything from seed and fertilisers to crop protection.

“Elders Cranbrook is really handy. It’s almost a one-stop shop for us,” he said. The study tour will include visits to canola seed technology facilities, local farmers and biodiesel plants. “I’m really excited about the trip,” said Mr Sprigg.

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