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20 New Canolas For 2010

This year’s new canola varieties promise big things for growers. The list for 2010 includes the first clubroot resistant variety as well as a variety with increased sclerotinia resistance, both offered by Pioneer Hi-Bred. Those interested in straight-cutting canola have a new choice in Viterra’s Xceed 8470, and specialty and niche market growers now have access to one new InVigor Health variety and four new Nexera options.

Farmers looking through the list will likely notice two things: first, a new name “Genuity” for a few varieties, and second, a profit listing for Dow AgroSciences’ new varieties.

Genuity is Monsanto’s new umbrella brand for any variety — be it canola, corn or soybean — that contains a Monsanto trait. Carly Hamonic, traits marketing associate for Monsanto, says the Genuity brand is designed to easily and quickly identify seed and varieties containing traits such as herbicide or insect resistance. The Genuity branding system consist of four icons signifying which traits the variety contains. Hamonic says that 2010 is an introduction year, so there will be a mix of bags with and without the Genuity branding system.

Dow AgroSciences has included a profit discussion in the comments for each of its new varieties. Brian de Kock, communications manager with the company, says that when canola was first grown, profit really did come down to yield and yield only. But in this climate of oil differentiation, yield is only part of the profit equation, de Kock says. Given that growers receive a “health bonus”, and several companies offer different types of production contracts, free on-yard pick up, or other bonuses for these unique varieties, de Kock says they’ve developed a profit calculation to give a better indication of what the variety can do for you. Here are the new varieties listed in numerical and alphabetical order:

3303 LL

Liberty Link synthetic BrettYoung

Key features: Yields 115 per cent of checks 46A65 and Q2. Mature is one day earlier than checks. This cost effective Liberty Link hybrid has excellent vigour and lodging resistance. It has shown very good yields in all season zones. MR to blackleg. Good seed availability. Breeder is Bonis & Company.

45H29

Roundup Ready hybrid Pioneer Hi-Bred

Key features: Yield is 128 per cent of checks Q2 and 46A65. It has an R rating for blackleg resistance. An industry first, 45H29 offers clubroot resistance with an excellent agronomic package. Seed availability is limited.

45S51

Roundup Ready hybrid Pioneer Hi-Bred

Key features: This variety has an increased level of sclerotinia resistance, reducing sclerotinia infection by up to 50 per cent. It also has an R rating for blackleg. Yield is 102 per cent of 45H26. Seed availability is good.

5525 CL Clearfield BrettYoung

Key features: Yields 126 per cent of checks 46A65 and Q2, making it the highest yielding Clearfield hybrid ever registered. Matures 1.3 days later than checks. R to blackleg. Good seed availability. Breeder is DL Seeds.

6020 RR

Roundup Ready hybrid BrettYoung

Key features: Yields 121 per cent of checks 46A65 and Q2. Matures one day later than the checks. The hybrid has wide adaption with very good yields. Oil content was two percentage points higher than checks in registration trials. MR for blackleg. Good seed availability. Breeder is DL Seeds.

6040 RR

Roundup Ready hybrid BrettYoung

Key features: Yields 124 per cent of checks 46A65 and Q2. Matures half a day later than checks. The hybrid has superior standability and is a top performer in long season zones. R to blackleg. Good seed availability. Breeder is DL Seeds.

6130 RR

Roundup Ready hybrid BrettYoung

Key features: Yields 118 per cent of checks 46A65 and Q2. Maturity is 0.5 days later than the checks. A new synthetic RR hybrid with good yields, above average oil content and good disease resistance in a value priced product. R for blackleg. Good seed availability. Breeder is SW Seeds.

72-35 RR

Genuity Roundup Ready hybrid

Dekalb

Key features: Yields 110 per cent of 32-75. Has excellent yield potential for its early maturity. Well suited for the Peace River region. Good emergence and seedling vigour. See trial results at www.dekalb.ca.MR for blackleg. Limited seed availability.

72-65 RR

Genuity Roundup Ready hybrid

Dekalb

Key features: Two bushel yield advantage over 71-45 RR in 11 field-scale trials. Excels in high yield environments. Extremely high oil content. See trial results at www.dekalb.ca.Strong R for blackleg. Seed availability is good.

Canterra 1950

Genuity RR Hybrid Canterra Seeds

Key features: Yields 124 per cent of checks 46A65 and Q2 in mid-and long-season zones (based on 2008 WCC/RCC results.) That makes it the highest yielding commercial RR hybrid registered in 2009. MR to blackleg. Good seed availability.

Canterra 1956

Genuity Roundup Ready composite hybrid

Canterra Seeds

Key features: Yields 119 per cent of checks 46A65 and Q2 in mid-and long-season zones (based on 2007 and 2008 WCC/RCC results.) R to blackleg. Limited seed availability. Value priced.

InVigor 5770

Liberty Link hybrid Bayer CropScience

Key features: Yielded 135 per cent of the checks 46A65 and Q2 in registration trials. This is the highest yielding InVigor hybrid to date. It matures two days later than the average of the checks. Average height. R for blackleg. Seed availability is limited.

InVigor Health 1145

Libery Link hybrid specialty oil

Bayer CropScience

Key features: Yielded 133 per cent of the checks 46A65 and Q2 in registration trials, making it the highest yielded InVigor Health to date. Growers contract this specialty canola through Cargill’s Specialty Canola program. Midmaturity, equal to the checks Average height. R rating for blackleg. Limited seed availability.

NX4-104 RR

Roundup Ready Nexera specialty oil

Key features: This open pollinated variety yields 99 per cent of 71-45 RR. It has an R rating for blackleg. Growers interested in a contract can contact Richardson Pioneer, Viterra, Bunge and others. In its profit analysis, Dow Agrosciences says NX4-104 returns

NX4-101 RR

Roundup Ready Nexera specialty oil

Dow AgroSciences

Key features: This open pollinated variety yields 96 per cent of 71-45 RR. It has an R rating for blackleg. Growers interested in a contract can contact Richardson Pioneer, Viterra, Bunge and others. In its profit analysis, Dow Agrosciences says NX4-101 returns $26.71 per acre more than 71-45 RR in its area of placement. Available through contract only. Seed availability is good.

NX4-202 CL

Clearfield Nexera specialty oil

Dow AgroSciences

Key features: NX4-202 yields 96 per cent of InVigor 5020. It has an MR rating for blackleg. Contracts are available through Richardson Pioneer, Viterra, Bunge and others. Seed is available through contract only. In its profit analysis, Dow Agrosciences says NX4-202 returns $31.68 per acre more than 5020 in its area of placement. Seed availability is good.

NX5

Roundup Ready Nexera specialty oil

Dow AgroSciences

Key features: This open pollinated variety from Dow AgroSciences yields 99 per cent of 71-45 RR. It has an R rating for blackleg. Growers interested in a contract can contact Richardson Pioneer, Viterra, Bunge and others. In its profit analysis,

Proven 9350

Genunity Roundup Ready hybrid

Viterra

Key features: Bred by Pioneer Hi-Bred, this Proven brand variety yields 95 per cent of 45H21. MR to blackleg. This early-season hybrid, suited to the Peace Region and Short Season Zones, matures six days earlier than 45H21. Excellent standability. Good seed availability.

Proven 9555

Genuity Roundup Ready synthetic

Viterra

Key features: Proven 9555 yielded 99.8 per cent of 45H21 in 2008 Viterra Advancement Trials. R to blackleg. Excellent standability. Maturity is one day later than 45H21. Seed availability is good.

Xceed 8470

Clearfield juncea canola Viterra

Key features: Xceed is an open pollinated juncea species that produces canola-quality oil. It yields 107 per cent of Xceed 8571 and it has earlier maturity than Xceed 8571. Resistance ratings are R for blackleg and fusarium wilt. Improved traits over traditional canola varieties include excellent straight-cut combine ability, and increased tolerance to heat, frost and drought. Seed availability is excellent. Seed is available through Viterra.

Lyndsey Smith is a field editor with Grainews. She lives in Lumsden, Sask.

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