This past season brought an increase in canola disease infection levels across the Prairies. That means there’s a lot of disease inoculum sitting in your fields that will be there when you plant your next crop.
Plus, we know that blackleg and clubroot are also shifting to overcome older genetics.
How does this impact your canola hybrid decision making for 2017? Start by looking at yield performance, but look carefully at a hybrid’s agronomic package and disease resistance.
You also need to consider how a hybrid’s genetics will work with seed treatments, fungicides and other tools – like crop rotation – to help you manage diseases.
Using all of the management tools you have available will help reduce both the disease inoculum returned to your field as well as the selection pressure from those tools to help maintain their useful life.
When looking for canola hybrid performance data, remember that local performance data is great, but data that’s been replicated in a high number of sites or over multiple years will be a better predictor of a variety’s performance and yield stability.
This agronomy tip was brought to you by Michael Hutton, product evaluation scientist, oilseeds, with Syngenta Canada.