Canola is an important crop in Australia, particularly as part of a wheat rotation. While North American farmers have been growing GM canola for some years, because of bans in Australia following a successful anti-GM campaign spearheaded by Greenpeace, 2008-2009 was the first season for GM canola in Australia.
The results taken from 92 of the 100 growers that delivered GM canola grain, indicate that Roundup Ready canola outperformed alternative herbicide tolerant canola varieties when it came to yield and overall benefits. 100 percent of growers surveyed said they will plant Roundup Ready canola again.
Growers said the simplicity of using the Roundup Ready herbicide system was a key benefit during the 2008 season. Other key benefits were the flexibility Roundup Ready canola offers as well as the ability of the system to clean up formerly weedy paddocks in preparation for the following crop.
Roundup Ready produced higher gross margins in comparison to the Triazine tolerant varieties.The increase in gross margin was driven by the significant yield advantage of Roundup Ready canola.
Tony May, Monsanto Australia Canola Business Lead said, “On top of the higher yields on average and excellent weed control, growers rated other benefits as the simplicity of use of the system – giving them the flexibility to dry sow and plant on time as a distinct benefit of using the Roundup Ready canola system.
Growers tended to use Roundup Ready canola in paddocks with high weed pressure and achieved great results in the vast majority of instances. 93% of growers rated their weed control as excellent. The key message is that growers don’t have to sacrifice yield for weed control. It really is a more simple, flexible and reliable system.”
This post is based on a media release from Monsanto entitled ‘Ripper Roundup Ready Results: GM Canola a 2008 success’, made on April 6, 2009.
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