New canola packages delivered to growers

Author: Natalie Lee | Date: 21 Jul 2015

Image of canola growing in Western Australia

Research is delivering agronomic packages to Western Australian growers so they can optimise the performance of canola – a valuable break crop.

Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) program manager Tom Giles said the ‘Tactical Break Crop Agronomy’ project was helping growers manage risk in low and medium-rainfall areas.

“Co-funded by the GRDC and the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA), it has delivered tools such as a canola seeding rate calculator and nitrogen guidelines which can aid decision making at key times,” he said.

In 2015, experiments were expanded to include:

  • agronomic considerations of growing F2 hybrids in low-rainfall areas
  • the impact of wider (50-centimetre) row spacing
  • precision seeding
  • aphid management
  • tolerance of canola varieties to residual cereal herbicides and in-crop herbicides
  • very late nitrogen timing in high-rainfall areas
  • aluminium tolerance of canola varieties
  • time of sowing in the Geraldton Port Zone
  • suitability of varieties to direct and delayed harvesting
  • canola phenology

More information about the project and other GRDC-funded canola research is contained in the GRDC Supplement Optimising Canola Profitability and included in the July-August edition of GRDC’s magazine Ground Cover. To subscribe to Ground Cover click here.


Caption: The GRDC has invested in a suite of research to help growers optimise the profitability of canola.

Contact Details

For Interviews

Tom Giles, GRDC
02 6166 4500


Natalie Lee, Senior Consultant, Cox Inall Communications
08 9864 2034, 0427 189 827

GRDC Project Code SDI00004, DAW00227

Region West