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NuLin 50 And Other Tidbits

NuLin 50, developed by Viterra, is the first high omega-3 flax variety to be registered in Canada. “It exhibits several traits, including high yields and improved oil content, desired by growers and end users,” the company says.

Trial data comparing NuLin 50 to CDC Bethune showed that NuLin 50 yielded 103 per cent of Bethune and NuLin 50’s oil content is 1.5 percentage points higher. It contains 12.9 per cent more omega 3 and its iodine value is 210, compared to 189 for Bethune. This data comes from the registration package Viterra submitted.

NuLin 50 is an identity-preserved (IP) crop. Seed will likely be available to select growers in select regions this upcoming spring. A broad launch is planned for 2011.

If you’re wondering about iodine value, I asked the company spokesperson for an explanation. He wrote: “The higher the iodine value, the greater the drying capacity of the oil. This value is important in the manufacture of paints, varnishes and printing inks. For example, the higher the iodine value of linseed oil (NuLin oil) used to manufacture varnish, the faster the varnish will dry once applied to wood.”

SMARTSTAX TO LAUNCH IN 2010

SmartStax, the outcome of a cross-licensing agreement and collaboration between Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences, has received registration approval. The first hybrids could be available in 2010.

Because SmartStax includes multiple modes of action, it reduces the required refuge from 20 per cent down to five per cent — which the companies say is a significant benefit to growers.

Here are the traits involved: SmartStax combines above-ground insect control for European corn borer and other pests (with Dow AgroSciences’ Herculex I and Monsanto’s VT PRO), below-ground insect control for protection against corn rootworms (with Monsanto’s YieldGard VT Rootworm/RR2 and Dow’s Herculex RW) and broad spectrum weed control (bringing together Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 with Bayer CropScience’s Liberty Link.)

RR INVIGOR IN THE WORKS

Monsanto and Bayer CropScience have a cross-licensing agreement in which Monsanto will grant Bayer CropScience access to Monsanto’s Genuity Roundup Ready canola trait and Bayer CropScience will grant Monsanto access to its LibertyLink tolerance trait for use in canola. You won’t see the first InVigor hybrids with Roundup Ready until 2012 or 2013. Monsanto will combine LibertyLink with its second-generation Roundup Ready trait, to be available in canola in 2015 or so.

Jay Whetter is the editor of Grainews.

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