What is new in canola?
By Bruce Barker
Top Crop Manager has assembled a list of new canola varieties and hybrids that are being introduced in commercial quantities for the 2014 growing season, including the first pod shatter resistant hybrid. The information is provided by the respective seed companies, and growers are encouraged to look at third-party trials, such as the Canola Council of Canada’s Canola Performance Trials, for further performance and agronomic information. Talk to local seed suppliers to see how new varieties also performed in local trials.
Bayer Crop Science
Bayer CropScience introduces four new hybrids for 2014. Two high-performing, mid-maturing InVigor canola hybrids have high stress tolerance and early season vigour along with an increased yield advantage and greater harvest flexibility. Also on offer is Bayer’s first sclerotinia-tolerant canola hybrid, and the first ever pod shatter reduction hybrid to hit the marketplace.
InVigor L252 is a LibertyLink hybrid that was 110 per cent of the new WCC/RRC checks (InVigor 5440 and Pioneer Hi-Bred 45H29) in 2011 and 2012. The top performer at the 2012 WCC/RRC trials, InVigor L252 is a mid-season hybrid that offers growers high yield performance, enhanced standability and superior blackleg resistance. Available at all retailers.
InVigor L261 is a LibertyLink hybrid that was 107 per cent of the new WCC/RRC checks (InVigor 5440 and Pioneer Hi-Bred 45H29) in 2011 and 2012. InVigor L261 delivers superior blackleg resistance and standability. Available at all retailers.
InVigor L140P is a LibertyLink hybrid that was equal to the new WCC/RRC checks (InVigor 5440 and Pioneer Hi-Bred 45H29) in 2011 and 2012. The patented pod shatter reduction technology of InVigor L140 offers growers excellent yield protection with greater harvest flexibility. Available at all retailers in limited quantities for 2014.
InVigor L160S is a LibertyLink hybrid that was 97 per cent of the new checks (InVigor 5440 and Pioneer Hi-Bred 45H29) in 2011 and 2012. As a first line of defence against sclerotinia, InVigor L160S provides valuable sclerotinia protection with all the benefits of the LibertyLink system and the yield potential of an InVigor. Available at all retailers in limited quantities for 2014.
6044 RR is a new top yielding mid-maturity Roundup Ready hybrid suited to all canola production regions of Western Canada. 6044 RR is a medium height hybrid with excellent standability for an easy harvest. It is R for blackleg and has yield index of 132 per cent relative to 46A65/Q2. It is available at BrettYoung retailers.
Victory V12-2 hybrid is a Genuity Roundup Ready canola hybrid that achieves yields of 103 per cent of Victory V12-1, which was the leading Roundup Ready hybrid in the 2011 and 2012 Canola Performance Trials. In addition to high yields, V12-2 also provides growers an industry-leading multi-genic blackleg resistance package delivering an R rating. It is R rated for Fusarium wilt and has exceptional standability that simplifies harvest management. V12-2 is available as part of the 2014 Cargill Specialty Canola Program that delivers higher yields and higher returns in a simple program. For more information, visit www.cargillspecialtycanola.com.
74-54 RR canola hybrid is proving to be the highest yielding and most consistent hybrid canola Dekalb has ever introduced with a yield averaging 105 per cent of 45H29 in 2012 trials. With an R rating to blackleg and clubroot resistance built in, 74-54 RR features an ideal plant height and great standability, resulting in a plant that is generally easier to harvest. The clubroot-resistant breeding trait provides exceptional resistance to the most common current clubroot pathotypes, including 3, 2, 5, 6 and 8.
While DuPont Pioneer does not have any new canola varieties for the 2014 growing season, they continue to build on their current varieties by adding R&D staff – both in the lab and in the field, and increasing research budgets and infrastructure dedicated to canola, for example, the new greenhouse being built at DuPont Pioneer’s Carman, Man., research station. They plan to launch LibertyLink herbicide tolerance in elite DuPont Pioneer genetics in the next few years, along with shatter-tolerant Roundup Ready canola hybrids, and a next-generation glyphosate resistance trait in canola.
Proven VT 530 G is a medium maturing hybrid with a yield potential similar to Proven VR 9562 GC. It has an MR rating for blackleg and an R rating for Fusarium wilt. Proven VT 530 G’s excellent standability makes it easier to put more bushels in the bin. Available exclusively at CPS Canada Inc. retail locations.
Proven VR 9562 GC is an exception-ally high yielding hybrid with yield potential similar to Proven VT 530 G. It has R ratings for clubroot, blackleg and Fusarium wilt. Proven VR 9562 GC also has excellent standability. Available exclusively at CPS Canada Inc. retail locations.
Proven VR 9561 GS is a high yielding Roundup Ready hybrid. It has a strong disease package with R ratings for blackleg and Fusarium wilt, and resistance to sclerotinia. Available exclusively at CPS Canada Inc. retail locations.
VT X121 CL is a Brassica juncea bred specifically for the Brown and Dark Brown soil zones. It is R rated for blackleg and Fusarium wilt. VT X121 CL has been bred to better tolerate heat and drought for consistent performance, reduced green seed, improved seed quality and higher yield potential. It comes with improved pod shatter resistance for straight-cut performance. Available exclusively at CPS Canada Inc. retail locations.