Published on Tue, 11/22/2016 by BASF Canada

New Clearfield Canola hybrids offer disease and agronomic performance along with specialty oil traits

Canola acres have grown 50 percent over the past ten years and will continue to grow, making it an economic driver for growers in Western Canada. This growth, which is accompanied by a demand for specialty canola oils such as high-oleic or omega 9 oils, strengthens the call for the development of new, high-performance seed varieties.

“Canola has become the real economic driver for a lot of farms in Western Canada. As a result, growers are increasing the frequency of it in their rotations,” said Derwyn Hammond, Area Agronomist with DuPont Pioneer.

In collaboration with partners like Canterra Seeds, Proven Seed, DuPont Pioneer, Dow and BrettYoung, BASF is investing in research for the development of new canola hybrids that can be paired with innovative Clearfield chemistries to generate optimal yields. This commitment to innovation allows the Clearfield Production System for canola to continue growing each year, bringing benefits that can be seen on the fields and in growers’ wallets.

“We continue to have full breeding efforts in the Clearfield segment,” said Hammond. “With these efforts, we’re working to improve yields and agronomics, and to move specific traits available in other segments into the Clearfield platform,” he said.

However, the increased frequency of canola in crop rotations, coupled with increased contracting of specialty canolas, means it is important that canola hybrids have a strong agronomic package in addition to their specialty oil trait.

Estimates are that contracting of specialty canolas will grow for the 2017 season, which makes improved disease performance, yield and pod shatter characteristics, as well as the ability to straight-cut all that more important.

New Clearfield hybrids such as 2020 CL offer blackleg and clubroot resistance and an average seven percent yield boost over 2012 CL.

Similarly, 2022 CL offers pod shatter and a slight yield bump over 2020 CL, while 2024 CL has multiple gene blackleg resistance and a 3 percent yield lift on 2020 CL.

“The Clearfield program at DuPont Pioneer is continuing. It’s something that we’re committed to and delivering high-yielding, high-performing products. In addition to this, we are delivering new traits into the Clearfield segment, such as clubroot resistance, sclerotinia tolerance and shatter resistance,” said Chad Koscielny, Canola Breeder at DuPont Pioneer, summing up the new line of Clearfield hybrids.

For Western Canadian growers who are always looking to capitalize on canola opportunities, such as premium oils, without sacrificing yield or the agronomic traits that can impact yield, the 2017 season promises to be a bright one.


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