Nuseed adds more power to variety choice

Canola growers are being invited to tap into the combined power of National Variety Trial results and Nuseed’s field trial results when making their seed choices for next season.

Nuseed is making its NuSTEP variety evaluation tool output available to advisers and growers this spring and summer.

The innovative NuSTEP (Seed Technology Evaluation Program) was developed by Nuseed last year to compare the performance of Nuseed’s canola varieties with selected alternatives in a specific region.

“NuSTEP provides targeted information to growers on varieties they are considering for their cropping program,” said Andrew Suverijn, Regional Manager for Nuseed in Western Australia.

He said Nuseed representatives used the tool to generate a customised report showing the average yield or gross income achieved by the varieties in trials from that region.

“Advisers and growers are typically looking to compare two or three key varieties for their region, after making observations at field days or in locally grown crops,” he said.

“NuSTEP provides clear, transparent results that can help with making those final decisions about their canola program.”

Current commercial varieties from Nuseed, such as hybrid Roundup Ready varieties Nuseed GT-50 and Nuseed GT-41 and triazine tolerant varieties ATR Stingray and ATR Bonito, can be evaluated using NuSTEP.

“We want to make sure growers are getting the best possible outcomes from their canola crops by choosing the most appropriate varieties,” Mr Suverijn said.

“By combining our commercial trial results with the National Variety data we achieve greater power in the data set and more regionally specific information.”

The report can be limited to a local region, Ag Zone or even a yield range, to match the conditions faced by growers. It may draw on up to three years of trial results, depending on the availability of information.

Mr Suverijn said reports from NuSTEP provide all the background information on the trials included, including where and when the trials were conducted and the average yield results.

Trials are only included in NuSTEP reports when all the varieties to be compared are available, to ensure a balanced data set.

He said NuSTEP was an extension of Nuseed’s national breeding and variety commercialisation program.

This year, the company has 20 commercially focused trial sites around Australia, with three in Western Australia, at Goomalling, York and Kojonup.

This extensive variety trial program is in addition to Nuseed’s initial breeding work, where varieties are first developed, and research and development conducted at the Nuseed Innovation Centre in Horsham, which supports product development and breeding programs in canola, sorghum and sunflower crops.

“Our replicated variety trials are professionally managed by the same agronomy contractors who are used in the National Variety Trial work and they provide results to the highest agronomic standards,” Mr Suverijn said.

Yield results from Nuseed’s variety trials will be entered into NuSTEP as soon as they become available, generally at the end of the year.

“The canola crops that are being grown at the moment, like Nuseed GT-50 and ATR Stingray, were bred in Australia for Australian conditions and we are continuing to develop new, improved varieties to meet the needs of Australian growers in years to come,” he said.

Mr Suverijn encouraged growers to use the NuSTEP program before purchasing canola seed for 2015.

“Contact your local agronomist today to arrange a variety evaluation through NuSTEP,” he said.

Andrew Suverijn from Nuseed is encouraging canola growers to ask for a NuSTEP report before purchasing seed for next season.

Andrew Suverijn from Nuseed is encouraging canola growers to ask for a NuSTEP report before purchasing seed for next season.