Shatter proofing canola pods ensures an easier harvest
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...