Savings on hybrid canola seed on offer to growers

Pacific Seeds canola manager Justin Kudnig says growers have the potential to extract more value by planting either of two popular Hyola hybrids.

Australian canola growers have the potential to save money on their seed input costs and extract more value if they plant either of two very popular hybrid TT canola varieties in 2019.

Pacific Seeds canola business manager, Justin Kudnig said in response to ongoing grower feedback, the company recently announced widely grown triazine-tolerant hybrids, Hyola 559TT and Hyola 650TT, will both be sold at a reduced suggested recommended retail price of $22.50 per kilogram (ex-GST) in 2019.

“This is a substantial saving to growers and allows them to take advantage of the benefits that hybrid TT canola exhibits over open pollinated TT canola,” Mr Kudnig said.

“Given the variability of growing seasons, this reduced upfront seed cost can help allay some seasonal risk for growers.”

There is no EPR (end point royalty) applicable to the resulting crops of any Hyola hybrid canola.

“No EPR on the delivered crop also eases the financial pressure on at harvest time,” he said.

Mr Kudnig said Hyola 559TT and Hyola 650TT have proven performance across a wide growing area and multiple seasons.

“This value pricing deal which was first initiated last season with Hyola 559TT has shown that growers can see the value of a widely adapted hybrid in their program,” he said.

“In 2019 we will again provide growers with a more attractive buying position against some other hybrid and purchased OP TT varieties, particularly when taking account of EPR payments.

“When doing the figures based on planting rates, cost of seed and any applicable EPR we are confident that this value pricing offers a saving for growers who expect to harvest 1.0t/ha or greater.”

This saving is on top of the potential benefits planting hybrids can bring to canola growers.

“The extra benefits of hybrids over OP TT varieties include up to 50 per cent extra in-field weed suppression, much higher genetic blackleg ratings of MR to R with triple-gene resistance groups ABD and provides a lower likelihood of additional costs of in-crop fungicide being required for blackleg management.

“Independent research across Australia has also shown more reliable top-end yield potential and consistent performance from Hyola 559TT and Hyola 650TT over most OP TT varieties in areas that yield above 1.5t/ha.”

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