From new canola hybrid technology to seed quality and responsible stewardship, there are a range of tools that can be used to help close the productivity gap between Australia and its international competitors.
Canada, Europe and China canola yields are on average 400kg/ha higher than in Australia, which may seem a concerning statistic, but for James Holden it’s an opportunity for local farmers to increase productivity.
Mr Holden, National Marketing and Communications Manager for DuPont Pioneer, says the company will be opening their doors in Wagga Wagga from the 25-27 August to show how their technology can help.
“The three days are really about showcasing Pioneer’s canola program, but it’s also about highlighting something we’ve noticed has happened over the last 10-15 years and that’s a yield gap which has evolved between canola yields in Canada and Australia.
“Canadian canola yields are on average around 400kg/ha better than in Australia and a lot of this comes from their very rapid adoption of hybrids – they’re nearly at 100 per cent adoption in Canada, while in Australia we’re around 30-35 per cent.
“We wanted to hold the Canola Technology Showcase to highlight this and talk about ways the Australian industry could actually close that yield gap,” James explains.
There will be three areas of focus at the field day, the first being yield advancement and the impact of new hybrid technology.
“Our new Optimum® GLY herbicide tolerant canola is very exciting and really is one of the highlights of the showcase – this glyphosate-tolerant canola variety has a wider window for application than current Roundup Ready technology and while it’s still a few years away from commercial release, it is well evolved,” Mr Holden says.
The second area of focus is responsible stewardship, involving sustainable practices such as herbicide resistance management, while the third area revolves around seed quality and technology innovation.
“This technology showcase is really for anyone who has an interest in canola, particularly agronomists, consultants and growers.
“It is an exciting time in this space for Pioneer, so come along on any of the three days to see what we’ve got to offer and also what the future of the Pioneer canola research program looks like,” Mr Holden says.