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Hybrid Canola Proving Popular With Farmers

07 September 2010

AUSTRALIA – Significant increases in the adoption of hybrid canola varieties have led to transgenic species of the oilseed accounting for 40 per cent of Australian seed sales this year, it has been reported.

According to Farm Weekly, growers in Western Australia are now able to obtain information about hybrid canola in a new fact sheet available from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

Brondwen MacLean, GRDC pulse and oilseeds manager, told the news provider that hybrid plants were created by cross-pollinating male and female in-bred parents, with the added benefit of 'hybrid vigour'.

"With good management, hybrid canola offers growers in the medium and high rainfall zones the potential to increase yields. However, the balance between increased seed price, yield and grain price needs to be assessed," she said.

Meanwhile, Australia's main pesticide regulator has suggested that more organic locust sprays could be approved as eastern Australia prepares for its worst plague of the pest in three decades.

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