Shat­ter proof­ing canola pods en­sures an eas­ier har­vest

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

PodGuard trait as “an­other tool” for their pro­gram.

It was grown along­side an­other RR va­ri­ety, 45Y25.

Af­ter al­most a decade in de­vel­op­ment by life science com­pany, Bayer, the PodGuard trait is de­signed to strengthen canola pods as they ripen.

It strength­ens the de­his­cence zone, the seam that runs along the top and bot­tom of pods and which breaks down as plants reach ma­tu­rity, ef­fec­tively al­low­ing later windrow­ing or di­rect har­vest­ing an op­por­tu­nity for higher yields through re­duced har­vest losses.

The re­duced seed loss at har­vest also re­duces vol­un­teer canola the fol­low­ing year, which has caused prob­lems for some grow­ers.

Fol­low­ing ap­pli­ca­tions of gyp­sum and lime, the Lowe’s IH 51 RR canola was sown at 2 kg/ ha with 80 kg/ha of MAP fer­tiliser treated with flu­tri­afol.

Top-up ap­pli­ca­tions of urea were ap­plied in May at 80 kg/ha and July at 110 kg/ha.

Roundup Ready Plantshield her­bi­cide was ap­plied at the full 900 g/ha la­bel rate in May and Prosaro 420 SC fungi­cide was

WHILE har­vest­ing his canola windrows last year, Thoona grower Evan Lowe had a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence - no pod shat­ter­ing or shells came up from the ma­chine. Mr Lowe was har­vest­ing the Roundup Ready hy­brid canola va­ri­ety, IH 51 RR, fea­tur­ing the unique...

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