Dual purpose canola – the crop that keeps on giving

In 2019, Natimuk farmer Brian Klowss planted canola in April like he
normally would, but instead of being finished with it at the end of the year,
he continued to reap gains until April 2020 – thanks to his decision to plant graze
and grain canola – a dual-purpose wheat variety – at his farm.

Klowss owns and manages the 3200ha property Arapiles Plains where he
runs Merinos for wool and grows cereals, vetch, clover and canola.

Recently, he also ventured into Merino breeding via his own stud to
diversify risk.

He said the dual-purpose crop has been extremely valuable to his
operations.

“We grazed the canola three times and harvested 1.6t/ha average from it,
so the feed value itself more than paid for the crop.”

Growing season rainfall was recorded at 280mm.

He sowed 30ha of Hyola 970CL on April 4 at 3kg/ha with 100kg/ha of MAP.

On June 10, he applied 140L/ha of UAN, then on July 20 he applied
600mL/ha of Intervix and 100L/ha of UAN.

In early June, 840 weaned lambs grazed for five weeks and gained 2.5kg
each over that time.

On December 16, he harvested the crop for an average yield of 1.6t/ha
and 46pc oil, which made for an oil bonus of $600t/ha.

The lambs were back on the crop in late-December, with 300 grazing for
eight weeks, each gaining 2.4kg on average.

Then in March, 300 ewes went to lamb down for six weeks.

Klowss calculated the combined value of the weight gain, grain harvest
and oil bonus at $1607/ha gross.

“We’ve grown triazine tolerant and regular Clearfield crops here, but
the Hyola 970CL just keeps going and the feed value is unreal.

“We’ll plant it again this year.”

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