The latest canola variety information to help guide grower decisions for next year’s cropping program is now available from the Department of Agriculture and Food.
Department development officer Jackie Bucat said the Canola Variety Guide 2016 contained commercial and agronomic information about available canola varieties.
“Canola is the major break crop in Western Australia, with about 1.2 million hectares sown this season,” Ms Bucat said.
“The latest guide includes information on new varieties including Triazine Tolerant (TT) varieties ATR Mako, released by Nuseed, and 45T01TT, released by Pioneer,” she said.
“Other new varieties include Roundup Ready® (RR) variety Hyola® 504RR, released by Pacific Seeds and Clearfield varieties Banker CL and Rimfire CL, both from Heritage Seeds.”
Production of the canola guide was co-funded by department and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).
Ms Bucat said new presentation of National Variety Trial data from Western Australia made it easier to compare variety performance at a glance.
“In order to allow growers throughout the Wheatbelt to compare varieties suitable for their cropping programs, the guide provides variety performance across Agzones, from Geraldton to Esperance,” she said.
The guide shows ATR Stingray was the most popular canola variety grown in 2014, while Hyola® 404RR was the most popular Roundup Ready® variety and Pioneer® 45Y86 was the most widely grown Clearfield variety.
“The four most widely grown varieties were all TT and together accounted for 57 per cent of the canola area in 2014,” Ms Bucat said.
The Canola Variety Guide was produce through the department’s Tactical Break Crop Agronomy Project with information provided from the National Variety Trial scheme, GRDC Blackleg Management Guide and CBH Group.
The Canola Variety Guide is available on the department website.
The guide is also available at department offices or by emailing a request to Jackie Bucat at email@example.com.
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