5 considerations when choosing the right canola seed
(NC) Canadian farmers have one of the hardest jobs: growing quality, abundant crops that contribute to our agriculture industry and provide healthy and safe food to millions around the world. Nationally, canola alone contributes $29.9 billion annually in economic activity.
So, what does it take to plant, grow and harvest this key crop? It is the hard work of more than 43,000 canola growers across the prairies. Every year, these growers face new challenges, from external factors like extreme weather to managing current and emerging diseases and pests.
To ensure the season gets off to a strong start, it’s important to select the right canola hybrids for the farm. For some, this choice comes down to consistency or high performance, and for others, it’s about having access to options that address specific concerns.
Technical Service Specialist Allana Lewchuk shares five considerations for farmers during seed-purchasing season:
1. Harvest Flexibility
Pod-shatter reduction technology is ideal for those looking to protect their yield, as it retains the canola seed in the pod until it’s time to harvest. Since its introduction in 2014, this technology has been planted on more than 40 million acres of canola in Canada. Pod-shatter reduction also provides the option to delay swath or straight cut at harvest. Cost, timeliness and ease of harvest all factor into choosing this harvest method, with greater flexibility later in the season offering growers a strong advantage.
Consider your growing zone when selecting a hybrid for your farm. Detailed information can be found on trial results specific to your area.3. Clubroot
Growers facing pressure from this disease should look at adopting a hybrid with first generation clubroot resistance, followed eventually by second generation clubroot resistance if there’s concern about the first generation breaking down. It’s imperative to adopt an integrated pest-management approach to ensure long-term resiliency.
Growers with fields under irrigation or high fertility should choose a hybrid that offers strong standability to further promote easier harvest, high yield and quality.
In addition to selecting a hybrid that provides control over this disease by choosing hybrids rated R for blackleg, farmers can choose seed treatment options that complement the genetic resistance and controls airborne blackleg. While several factors go into ensuring a strong season, growers can set themselves up for success from the onset by selecting a hybrid that’s right for their fields.
Achieving strong, quality yields for 25 years, and grown on more than 174 million acres across Canada since its inception, growers, sellers, handles and haulers have helped put InVigor hybrid canola on the map.
Find more information at invigorresults.ca.
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