Monster canola crop harvested by Tourello farmer

Steve Kinnersly, who farms ‘Boovando’ at Tourello, harvested an
impressive crop of Hyola 970CL in late December, with the monster canola crop weighing
in at 3.75 tonnes per hectare.

Kinnersly, who mainly grows wheat and canola in rotation for weed
management and profitability, said it was his first time growing a graze and
grain canola crop.

“It was my first time growing a hybrid, let alone a winter type. I have never grown a canola crop over 3t/ha,”
he said.

“I can sow earlier, get better ground cover before it comes in cold and
wet, and slugs aren’t as big an issue.”

In consultation with Western Ag agronomist Brendan Smith, the grower
said he wanted to test the yield limit of dual purpose canola.

“We’re in a high rainfall area of about 600mm a year with longer, colder
winters, so instead of grazing it, I wanted to go with a different strategy and
see how much grain we could get off it.”

Kinnersly planted 10ha of Hyola 970CL on April 29, 2019.

It was sown at a rate of 2.7kg/ha, with 125kg/ha of urea applied at the
3-4 leaf stage and 125kg/ha at the full cabbage stage.

The crop was harvested on December 28 for a yield of 3.75t/ha and oil
content of 47.5 per cent, resulting in a $2435/ha gross return.

Smith, who has been following the uptake of dual purpose canola in the
area, said Hyola 970CL’s biomass was impressive.

“I find the 970 predominately a spring sow. In many cases, it does create more biomass
production as opposed to winter types.

“I’ve seen up to 20pc more biomass compared with winter varieties.”

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