23 New Canola Varieties For 2011

It never ceases to amaze me — each year the seed companies roll out the next big star in their canola lineup. When I receive the new variety listing each year, I always think I’m going to see something ridiculous like 155 per cent of check or something equally amazing. I haven’t seen it yet, but yield potential does creep up year over year. This year is no exception.

As I compiled this year’s list of 23 new canola varieties commercially available for 2011, I was glad to see more than a few clubrootand sclerotinia-resistant lines in the mix. A few years ago, clubroot wasn’t really a concern. The disease remains relatively contained within an area of Alberta, however, the fact that within a few short years of discovering the disease farmers have a choice of varieties that include resistance to the disease is nothing short of amazing. Granted, resistance isn’t 100 per cent, nor is there a curative product out there (if only!), so, as always, be sure to respect proper rotations and clean out equipment between fields.

Before you dive in to this year’s new varieties, I offer a word about comparisons in this year’s listing — in the absence of Prairie Canola Variety Trials, all references to yield within this listing is provided by the seed company and as such is not necessarily an apples to apples comparison of varieties (for more on the status of the PCVT trials, see adjoining feature on the topic). Please use this listing only as a guide. Also, while we try and keep things objective and fair, content for this listing is provided by the seed company; any glowing words are their own.

BAYER CROPSCIENCE

LibertyLink hybrid InVigor L130

InVigor L130 yields 136 per cent of check varieties Q2 and 46A65 and has an R rating for blackleg. InVigor L130 combines early maturity with high yield potential and is adapted for all growing zones. Standability of InVigor L130 is rated as excellent. L130 is an early-maturing hybrid. The variety is available through Bayer CropScience. There will be limited supplies in 2011.

LibertyLink hybrid InVigor150

InVigor150 yields 143 per cent of check varieties Q2 and 46A65 and has an R rating for blackleg. InVigor L150 is the first canola hybrid to be launched in Canada that yielded over 140 per cent of checks. Standability of InVigor L150 is rated as excellent. L150 is a mid-maturing hybrid. The variety is available through Bayer CropScience. There will be limited supplies in 2011.

BRETTYOUNG

Roundup Ready hybrid 6060RR

6060RR yields 134 per cent of 46A65 and Q2 (from 2008-09) and is rated as R to blackleg. This variety offers impressive yields with excellent standability. 6060RR is available through BrettYoung, and seed supplies are rated as limited for 2011.

Clearfield hybrid 5535 CL

5535 CL yields 127 per cent of 46A65 and Q2 (from 2008-09) and is rated as R to blackleg. This earlier-maturing CL hybrid had very good yields in 2008-09 co-op trials. 5535 CL is available through BrettYoung, and seed supplies are listed as limited for 2011.

CANTERRA SEEDS

Roundup Ready hybrid CANTERRA 1970 (name pending)

CANTERRA 1970 (name pending) yields 131 per cent of 46A65 and Q2 and has an R rating for blackleg and fusarium wilt. CANTERRA 1970 will be available through Canterra Seeds, and seed supply is rated as good for 2011.

Roundup Ready hybrid CANTERRA 1960

CANTERRA 1960 yields 121 per cent of 46A65 and Q2 and has an R rating for blackleg, fusarium wilt and clubroot. This variety delivers clubroot resistance with great yields. CANTERRA 1960 will be available through Canterra Seeds, and seed supply is rated as limited for 2011.

Roundup Ready open-pollinated CANTERRA 1918

CANTERRA 1918 yields 115 per cent of 46A65 and Q2 and is rated MR to blackleg and R to fusarium wilt. CANTERRA 1918 will be available through Canterra Seeds, and seed supply is rated as good for 2011.

DOW AGROSCIENCES

Roundup Ready

open-pollinated NX4-106RR

NX4-106RR yields similar to NX4-104RR and is rated as R to blackleg and fusarium wilt. This variety is one day earlier maturing than NX4-104RR in mid-season and short-season zones. Standability and lodging resistance is rated as very good. NX4-106RR produces heart-healthy omega-9 canola oil and is grown under contract with Bunge, Louis Dreyfus, Richardson Pioneer and Viterra.

MONSANTO CANADA

Roundup Ready hybrid 73-35 RR

73-35 RR is a short-season hybrid with outstanding yield potential specifically adapted for the short-season zone. This variety is rated R to blackleg and is available through DEKALB dealers. Seed supplies are rated as good for 2011. For yield data, visit dekalb.ca.

Roundup Ready hybrid 73-45 RR

73-45 RR is the highest-yielding canola hybrid ever introduced into the DEKALB lineup at 108 per cent of 45H28. This variety is rated R to blackleg and is available through DEKALB dealers. Seed supplies are rated as excellent for 2011.

Roundup Ready hybrid 73-55 RR

73-55 RR is a top yielding hybrid comparable to 73-45 RR for maximum yield potential in all season zones, and yields 102 per cent of 8440. This variety is rated R to blackleg and is available through independent dealers. Seed supplies are rated as excellent for 2011.

Roundup Ready hybrid 73-65 RR

73-65 RR exhibited an extremely strong performance in the long-season zone, yielding 114 per cent of 45H28 in the long season. It is rated as 104 per cent of 45H28 for yield (overall). This variety is rated R to blackleg and is available through DEKALB dealers. Seed supplies are rated as good for 2011.

Roundup Ready hybrid 73-67 RR

73-67 RR is a strong performing hybrid developed with clubroot resistance to meet the growing threat of this disease in Central Alberta. This variety is rated R to blackleg and is available through DEKALB dealers. For yield data, visit dekalb.ca. Seed supplies are rated as excellent for 2011.

Roundup Ready hybrid 73-77 RR

73-77 RR is a strong performing hybrid developed with clubroot resistance to meet the growing threat of this disease in central Alberta. This variety is rated R to blackleg and is available through DEKALB dealers. For yield data, visit dekalb.ca Seed supplies are rated as excellent for 2011.

PIONEER HI-BRED

Clearfield hybrid 45H74

45H74 yields 123 per cent of the WCC/RRC checks AWPQ2 and 46A65 and is rated R to blackleg. This variety has outstanding yield potential for the CLEARFIELD segment, as well as very good oil content and standability. Seed is available through Pioneer Hi-Bred, and supplies for 2011 are listed as good.

Roundup Ready hybrid 45S52

45S52 offers the Pioneer Protector sclerotinia resistance traits and yields 119 per cent of the WCC/ RRC checks AWPQ2 and 46A65. It is rated as MR to blackleg, and shows excellent yield potential and improved standability. Seed is available through Pioneer Hi-Bred sales reps, and supplies for 2011 are listed as good. Roundup Ready hybrid D3152

D3152 is a clubroot-resistant variety that yields 126 per cent of the WCC/RRC checks AWPQ2 and 46A65. This variety is rated R to blackleg, and offers high yield potential with very good standability. The variety includes multi-race clubroot resistance (Races 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8) from the Pioneer Protector clubroot resistance trait. Seed supplies for 2011 are rated as good and is available through independent and co-op retailers.

Roundup Ready hybrid 9557S

9557S offers built-in resistance to sclerotinia with its Pioneer Protector sclerotinia resistance trait. The variety yields 124 per cent of the WCC/ RRC checks AWPQ2 and 46A65 and is rated R to blackleg. Seed is available through Viterra. Seed supplies are listed as good for 2011.

Roundup Ready hybrid 9558C

9558C offers built-in multi-race clubroot resistance (Races 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8) with its Pioneer Protector clubroot resistance trait. This variety yields 124 per cent of the WCC/ RRC checks AWPQ2 and 46A65 and is rated R to blackleg. Seed is available through Viterra, and supplies are rated as good for 2011.

VITERRA

Roundup Ready hybrid VT 500

VT 500 yields 102 per cent of 45H21 and has an R rating for blackleg. A new GENRR hybrid from Viterra’s breeding program, VT 500 offers superior standability and lodging tolerance throughout the growing season and offers mid-maturity with excellent yield potential. The variety is available through Viterra. Seed supply is rated as good for 2011.

Roundup Ready composite hybrid VT Remarkable

VT Remarkable yields 100 per cent of 45H21 and has an R rating for blackleg. A new GENRR, VT Remarkable offers hybrid-like yields, excellent standability and lodging tolerance throughout the growing season, and is a mid-maturing variety with an excellent disease package. The variety is available through Viterra. Seed supply is rated as excellent for 2011.

Roundup Ready open-pollinated VT Barrier

VT Barrier yields 90 per cent of 45H21 and has an R rating for blackleg. VT Barrier is the highest yielding GENRR OP, and offers good yield potential, excellent lodging tolerance, mid-maturity and an excellent disease package. The variety is available through Viterra. Seed supply is rated as excellent for 2011.

XCEED open-pollinated VT Oasis

VT Oasis yields 107 per cent of XCEED 8571 and has an R rating for blackleg. VT Oasis offers increased yield potential and earlier maturity with excellent lodging tolerance to allow for straight-cut combining, and increased pod-shatter resistance. VT Oasis is compatible with the Clearfield production system. The variety is available through Viterra. Seed supply is rated as good for 2011.

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