New TT hybrid yields reach impressive levels for Northam grower

New TT hybrid yields reach impressive levels for Northam grower

April 26, 2022

Pacific Seed’s new canola hybrid Hyola Blazer TT has proved a winning combination for a Northam, WA grower seeking greater flexibility, weed suppression and enhanced performance for their cropping program.

Local Senior Agronomist, Cameron Smith conducted a large commercial scale evaluation to discover a new TT canola variety that would best suit the Northam growing region and capture recent hybrid TT technology advances in top-end yield potential, competitive with RR technology.

Pacific Seeds Territory Manager Steve Lamb recommended the new Hyola Blazer TT.

“Hyola Blazer TT is a great solution, I knew they were looking for a higher yielding TT Hybrid variety that would complete a local grower’s existing Canola program, an alternative to the other Hybrids or OP TT’s”, said Mr Lamb.

Pacific Seeds released Hyola Blazer TT to the Australian market in 2021. It is the first of the next generation triazine tolerant (TT) canola hybrids offering significantly high yields, wider adaptation and an excellent triple-gene blackleg “R” rating. With an enhanced early vigour, it provides the opportunity for higher weed suppression and IWM value propositions compared to all OP TT and most hybrid TT varieties currently on the market.

Whilst planted later in season than originally planned, on 5 May, the grower noted the early vigour of Hyola Blazer TT had provided excellent levels of weed suppression, which was expected to be a challenge, as the paddock previously had cereals for the past two years and experienced semi-drought conditions in 2021.

Paddock nutrition applied was approximately 14P 12K and 110N. Standard district practice for Pre-emergent and in-crop herbicides was used but, whilst originally planned, fungicide for sclerotinia was not applied due to conditions being too wet for paddock trafficability and a lack of plane availability. Luckily, crop infection causing a yield penalty did not occur in the paddock.

Hyola Blazer TT delivered good operational harvestability and an impressive average yield of 2.34T/Ha, with 47-48% oil on average. At times, the header measured as high as 3.76T/Ha readings at its peak. This demonstrated that new higher yielding TT genetics played an important role, as Hyola Blazer TT out-yielded adjacent RR varieties, even though it had been sown two weeks later in the season.

“The Blazer exceeded my expectations based on sowing time and was comparable to RR and the benchmark TT varieties grown in the area in 2021. We also had no issues with blackleg in a high pressure year which showed up as an issue in the area with some other varieties.” said Mr Smith.

The grower will be planting Hyola Blazer TT as his hybrid TT of choice in 2022 and Senior Agronomist Mr Smith has already secured more seed for additional plantings of the variety in the area.

For more information, please contact Pacific Seeds Territory Manager Steve Lamb on 0429 619 103.

Top Photo: Agronomist Cameron Smith inspects the early growth of Pacific Seeds Blazer TT near Northam in Western Australia.

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