REGULARLY referred to as “fields of gold” the return could soon increase for canola growers in the region.
As canola growers prepare for harvest this season, data from three-year trials at the Yanco Agricultural Institute has demonstrated how irrigated canola crops can yield more than four tonnes/hectare with careful varietal selection and optimal agronomic management.
Speaking at recent Grains Research and Development Corporation updates at Yanco, NSW Department of Primary Industries research and development agronomist, Tony Napier said the impact of variety selection, agronomic management, nitrogen management, plant population and sowing date was examined in three experiments.
“Irrigated canola is becoming increasingly common in crop rotations due to improved varieties and current financial returns relative to other crops,” Mr Napier said.
“In all three years we found variety had a significant effect on canola grain yield.
"In the experiments we had no weed control issues.”