Monsanto plans launch of TruFlex canola
By Top Crop Manager
Monsanto Canada has plans to commercialize TruFlex canola with Roundup Ready Technology in 2019.
TruFlex canola will be Monsanto’s next-generation canola trait and Monsanto’s first new biotech trait in canola since Roundup Ready canola was introduced to Canadian growers in 1996. TruFlex canola will serve as the base platform on which all future Monsanto pipeline traits in canola will be stacked.
TruFlex canola will be part of an improved canola system designed for a range of growing conditions. The company says TruFlex will offer farmers several benefits, including improved control of tough weeds, flexibility in spray rates and timing and higher yield potential through genetics.
TruFlex canola will also allow farmers the option to apply Roundup WeatherMAX in-crop at a rate of 1.33 litres/acre for a single application or 0.67 litres/acre for two applications, controlling 24 new weed species.
Stewarded plot trials and field demonstrations will take place at several locations across Western Canada in 2018 to allow farmers to see the performance of TruFlex canola in the field.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada granted full food, feed and environmental safety approval of TruFlex canola in June 2012 and the product has been approved for import in several export markets. Import approval from China is pending.