Canola

Western Australia is the major canola growing state in Australia producing about 40% of the nation’s 2.7 million tonnes each year.

The majority of WA canola is exported – generating about $0.6 billion for the state’s economy each year, with the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Japan WA’s largest export canola markets.

WA canola is renowned for its high oil content – with the state consistently achieving higher oil contents than the rest of the nation.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development supports the WA canola industry through agronomic research and development; and pest and disease identification and management.

Articles

  • Dull-coloured plants with dying older leaves and aborted flowers

    Spring drought refers to plant water stress from insufficient rainfall or stored soil moisture from bud formation to maturity.

     

  • Wheatbelt valley secondary salinity

    Salinity affects growth by reducing plant root ability to extract water from the soil, and chloride toxicity.

  • Sterile flowers that lead to pod abortion

    Hot weather at flowering can cause flower and developing pod abortion (called 'tipping'). Water deficient plants are more susceptible.

  • Well laid canola swaths near South Stirling

    The aim of this check is to ensure that the crop is at the right stage of maturity for windrowing. This will ensure that seed yield and oil content are maximised.

  • GrainGuard is a coordinated and cooperative strategic approach between the grain industry and the Western Australian Government.

  • Low seedling vigour in older seed

    Poor grain quality seed can impact on germination rates and market quality. It can be due to small seed or damage by harvest, storage, weather or environment.

  • Emerging leaves are distorted and discoloured; leaf blades become cupped and crinkly

    Glyphosate is a systemic knockdown herbicide that is used extensively for brown fallow, summer weed or pre-seeding weed control, or selective weed control in glyphosate resistant crops.

  • Scattered germination due to insufficient soil moisture

    Early drought may affect germination and early growth. Water stressed seedlings are more severely affected by other constraints and may have induced nutrient deficiencies.

  • Flattened strap-like flowering stem

    Fasciation is a relatively rare condition of abnormal growth in the growing point that has no economic significance in canola.

  • Uniformly affected plants with pale leaf blotches

    Group F herbicides are registered for selective control of wild radish, wild mustard and wild turnip in cereals, legume crops and legume pastures. Canola is less affected than brassica weeds

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