With the release of Dupont Pioneer’s first T Series triazine-tolerant (TT) hybrid canola, the company now offers an impressive line-up of varieties to meet all regions and environments.

Canola Product and Agronomy Manager for Dupont Pioneer, Clint Rogers says the addition of Pioneer® brand 45T01(TT) hybrid canola is an exciting development.

“Over the last few years we’ve definitely tried to expand our market choice in the canola industry, and we now have our first T Series hybrid to add to our existing Roundup®, Clearfield® and triazine-tolerant offerings.

This evolution complements our existing leadership in the Roundup Ready and Clearfield herbicide segments, demonstrated by the performance of the broad range of products we have across those systems,” Mr Rogers says.

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Within the Pioneer Roundup Ready canola offering, there is a broad range of maturity characteristics to suit growing regions across Australia, as Mr Rogers explains.

“If you look at the number of products within our Roundup Ready portfolio, we offer everything from a 3 maturity, a couple of 4 maturities that vary quite differently in their characteristics and also a 5 maturity, so we cover a wide breadth of environments within that.

The other standout feature of all our Roundup products is the consistency in yield, so ultimately the products deliver reliable returns across seasons and environments – this is one reason we’ve seen a big uptake in these hybrids in the last few years,” he explains.

The high performing varieties take plenty of work behind the scenes to commercialise, with up to 10 years of research and development needed for each release to market, as Dupont Pioneer Canola Breeder Dr Ray Cowley explains.

“The general breeding process from the original crops through to final release, even with all the modern technologies and approaches that we apply, still takes about 9-10 years.

Even though we’re using cutting edge technology it’s still a very lengthy process, but built into that is a lot of checks and balances that we deliberately put in there.

This ensures we’re testing the hybrids at every stage, in every year, so that when they do finally get through to release, we have a lot of confidence in the product,” he explains.

The process involves an extensive testing program, which sees hybrids put through their paces over multiple years in multiple environments.

“For example, what we’re looking for with Pioneer® brand 45Y25(RR) hybrid canola and 45T01(TT) products, is primarily high oil and high performance in a range of environments,” Dr Cowley concludes.

Mr Rogers says it’s exciting to see 45T01(TT), the first of the company’s T Series hybrid products, enter the market for the coming season.

“45T01(TT) has been bred for superior performance over the current open pollinated triazine varieties, and is a mid-maturity variety suited to medium and high rainfall zones with excellent yield potential and oil content,” he says.

Just as exciting is 45Y25(RR), in its first year of commercial release and one of Pioneer’s next generation Y Series hybrids.

“It really packs exceptional performance in yield and oil content, with consistency and a very rounded agronomic package, including shorter plant height and excellent shatter tolerance, which aids in direct-heading,” Mr Rogers concludes.