Nuseed shares variety evaluation tool NuSTEP

Canola growers can start the season ‘one step ahead’ by asking their farm consultant or agronomist  to use NuSTEP to evaluate their canola crop choices and select the best varieties for their 2016 program.

The innovative NuSTEP tool was developed by Nuseed to compare the performance of Nuseed’s canola varieties with alternatives, using the combined power of National Variety Trial results and the company’s field trial results.

Andrew Suverijn, Regional Manager for Nuseed in WA, said Nuseed representatives used the tool to generate customised reports 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 client’s canola program.”

Newly appointed Area Sales Manager for Southern WA, Andrew Royce, has just received his NuSTEP training and was impressed with the targeted information he can now provide to advisers and growers when they request it from him.

He is expecting NuSTEP to be popular this spring, especially for growers interested in the new commercial varieties from Nuseed, such as the hybrid Roundup Ready® variety, Nuseed GT-42 and the triazine tolerant (TT) variety, ATR Mako.

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

“By combining our commercial trial results with the National Variety Trial 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 results from 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.

“Our replicated variety trials are professionally managed by the same agronomy contractors who are used by the National Variety Trials program, so 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.

Nuseed’s new varieties for 2016 include the ATR Gem replacement, ATR Mako, an open pollinated, triazine tolerant canola variety for growers looking for excellent yields in early to mid or mid maturity cropping situations.

An end point royalty of $5/t (ex GST) is payable on this variety, along with two other open pollinated triazine tolerant varieties from Nuseed, ATR Bonito and ATR Wahoo.

“Nuseed is one of the few seed companies still including open pollinated TT canola varieties in its research and development pipelines, as many growers tell us it is an important canola type to have available,” said Mr Suverijn.

“It is important that we are supported by growers through the end point royalty so we can continue to fund the development of high quality open polinated TT canola varieties that perform profitably.”

The new GT-42 is a Roundup Ready® hybrid variety with early to mid maturity, excellent uniformity and consistent high yields.  GT-42’s maturity complements the early maturing GT-41 and the mid season GT-50.

“Our canola varieties, like Nuseed GT-42 and ATR Mako, are 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 Royce and Mr Suverijn encouraged growers, farm consultants and agronomic advisers to use the NuSTEP program before making canola seed purchasing decisions for 2016.


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