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Demand grows for hybrid canola in Western Australia: DAFWA report

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article image Pacific Seeds' Justin Kudnig says hybrid canola, particularly TT and RR, is building a strong reputation in WA
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A recent report by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) reveals that demand for hybrid canola is increasing in the state. WA canola growers are buying more triazine tolerant and Roundup Ready hybrids than ever before, according to the Department’s Canola Variety Guide 2015, which is designed to help growers compare canola varieties across the six Agzones for their 2015 program.

The publication reveals that while four of the top five varieties grown last year were triazine tolerant open pollinated (TT OP), the fifth, a Roundup Ready (RR) hybrid is gaining ground along with hybrid TTs.

Pacific Seeds canola technical manager Justin Kudnig connects the growth of both hybrid categories to strong performances in the National Variety Trials (NVTs), consistently higher yields in commercial fields over successive seasons, and Integrated Weed Management rotational benefits.

Observing that growers are taking note of independent trials and making their decisions based on the data, he said that the strong growth of Hyola 559TT can be linked with its performance in NVTs last year. Using National Variety Trial and CBH group data, the guide shows that Hyola 559TT is the state’s highest-selling TT hybrid, hitting 0.5 per cent of total deliveries in 2013-14. The variety also topped the NVT TT trials in WA last year with the highest mean grain yield.

The DAFWA publication also states that the total area of RR canola was at 13 per cent last year, with the state’s most popular RR variety, Hyola 404RR, significantly helping the category reach this target by shooting from 0.3 per cent of total canola delivered in WA in 2011-12 to 7.4 per cent in 2013-14.

Mr Kudnig said the rapid uptake of RR canola in the last three years was very promising, and the segment was only getting bigger with one in every three canola orders received for WA being for RR hybrids in this upcoming season. He attributed this trend to Pacific Seeds’ strong breeding programs and also credits growers who seek out the knockdown weed management support of RR technology and the residual activity of TT chemistry.

Mr Kudnig said he looks forward to the industry’s response to the introduction of the world’s first dual herbicide canola, Roundup-triazine, which provides the best of both worlds. Having shown their value in trials as a new competitive IWM management tool with comprehensive data now available on yield and oil performance along with weed efficacy and gross returns in dollars per hectare, RT hybrids will be commercially released to growers in 2015.

Pacific Seeds anticipates over 100,000ha of RT canola to be sown in WA alone in the 2015 cropping season based on the orders for RT technology.

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