New tactics to reduce input costs and increase canola yield at Grains Research Updates

Author: | Date: 13 Feb 2017

NSW DPI agronomist Rohan Brill said a key focus of recent canola research has been to investigate how changing canola agronomic practices could improve potential yield and grain quality. 

Canola growers will have the opportunity to hear the latest research aimed at raising crop profitability and reducing costly production risks at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Updates being held across New South Wales this month.

Results from the Optimised Canola Profitability project and the National Canola Pathology project will be presented in a panel discussion on day two of the GRDC Grains Research Updates in Wagga Wagga this week.

The Optimised Canola Profitability project is a five year (2015-2019) project across nine production regions from southern Queensland to the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia and aims to provide sound tactical agronomy advice underpinned by improved crop physiology insights.

CSIRO senior research scientist Jeremy Whish, along with CSIRO research scientist Susie Sprague and New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI) plant pathologist Kurt Lindbeck and NSW DPI agronomist Rohan Brill will be discussing an integrated approach to advanced canola management.

Canola is the most important oilseed and broadleaf rotation crop in Australia and growers generally recognise the high profit potential and systems benefits of canola.

However many still perceive canola as a risky crop because of the high levels of inputs required. So as canola expands into new areas and newer vigorous varieties are released the need for up-to-date agronomy information increases.

Mr Brill said a key focus of the project’s first three years (2014-2016) had been investigating how changing canola agronomic practices could improve potential yield and grain quality.

Topics for discussion by the panel on Wednesday include:

  • How costly canola yield losses from blackleg and sclerotinia stem rot can be alleviated by strategically timing flowering.
  • Strategic application of fungicides to protect higher yield potentials.
  • Time of sowing for increased yield and improved water use efficiency.
  • Matching canola phenology to the environment and understanding how cold, heat and daylength affect flowering.
  • How early sowing exaggerates the phenology differences that exist in commercial canola varieties.

The National Canola Pathology Project includes researchers from CSIRO Agriculture & Food, NSW DPI, University of Melbourne, Marcroft Grains Pathology, SARDI and DAFWA.

While the Optimised Canola Profitability project is a partnership between CSIRO Agriculture and Food, NSW DPI and the GRDC in partnership with the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), Charles Sturt University, Mallee Sustainable Farming and Birchip Cropping Group.

The GRDC Grains Research Updates are on this Tuesday and Wednesday (February 14 and 15).

Mr Brill will present information from the canola research project at the GRDC Grains Research Updates at Gulargambone on February 27, Dubbo on February 28 and March 1; while Dr Whish will present at the Goondiwindi GRDC research update on March 7 and 8 and Bellata on March 10.

Dr Lindbeck will also present the latest canola disease research at the Dubbo update and the Goondiwindi updates.

Other NSW Grains Research Updates will be held at Corowa on February 16, and Coolamon on March 16. For a full program of topics, more event details or to register go to the GRDC website

Contact Details 

For NSW DPI Interviews 

Bernadette York, NSW DPI
0427 773 785


Toni Somes, Cox Inall Communications
0427 878 387

GRDC Project Code UM00051, CSP00187

Region North

GRDC Project code: UM00051, CSP00187