We all know that top-end yield is ultimately what drives canola seed selections, because that’s what pays your bills.
That’s why I’d encourage you to look at last year’s Canola Performance Trials, provincial seed guides and any public trials to get the fullest picture of how a hybrid has performed. Look at several years of replicated trial data for performance and consistency.
That being said, without a good disease-resistance package, yields can easily fall short of expectations. With today’s increasingly tight rotations, we’re seeing disease pressure in canola crops continue to increase.
We’re also discovering just how complex blackleg and clubroot are to manage. Sclerotinia has also been on the rise.
Make sure when you’re making your seed selections this year, you’re looking carefully at your rotation. If you’ve been relying heavily on the same genetics for a number of years, consider including some new genetics to your rotation, or other agronomic and crop protection tools. An integrated management approach should increase the durability of your most important genetic tools.
Even if you haven’t historically placed much importance on disease-resistance genes, now is the year to be proactive before blackleg pressure has a chance to build up to unmanageable levels in your field.
This agronomy tip was brought to you by Michael Hutton, product evaluation scientist, oilseeds, with Syngenta Canada.