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.

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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
tom.giles@grdc.com.au

Contact

Natalie Lee, Senior Consultant, Cox Inall Communications
08 9864 2034, 0427 189 827
nataliel@coxinall.com.au

GRDC Project Code SDI00004, DAW00227

Region West