Canola symposiums scheduled for July

According to Prof André Agenbag of the Protein Research foundation, the benefits of canola rotation are well known.

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But many producers are hesitant to rotate with canola because of varying yields.

A Canadian farmer won a production competition during the past production season with a canola yield of about 5,8t/ha in dryland conditions on 68ha. In SA, yields of more than 2,5t/ha are regarded as very high, but there is room for improvement, said Agenbag.

This is why two symposiums are planed with the theme ‘Growing a 5t canola crop’. They will include discussions of the management of crop rests, planting methods and fertilization.

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Among the national and international speakers are Dr John Kirkegaard, head research scientist, CSIRO Agriculture, Australia; Rob Wilson, canola market development manager, DuPontPioneer, Australia; Rick Horbury, technical adviser, Bayer CropScience, Australia; and Prof Ferdi Meyer, director, Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy, South Africa.

The dates for the symposiums are: 19 July: Absa Hall, Megapark, Bredasdorp; and 20 July: Kronenburg Estate, Paarl.