Monsanto Canada Inc.

Monsanto Canada Inc.

February 11, 2010 15:25 ET

DEKALB®'s New 73 Series of Canola Hybrids Recommended for Registration

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Feb. 11, 2010) - The Western Canadian Canola/Rapeseed Recommending Committee (WCC/RRC) has recommended 21 canola hybrids from Monsanto's canola breeding program for registration, five of which will be introduced as new DEKALB® canola hybrids in 2010.

These are the first products from DEKALB's new 73 Series of hybrids and follow quickly on last year's launch of 72-65 RR and 72-35 RR. The new pace of product innovation from DEKALB comes as a result of Monsanto's increased investment in canola research and development.

"Monsanto has committed $2.6 million a day to bring new and better solutions to growers and canola continues to be a priority for investment," said Cornie Thiessen, DEKALB business manager for Western Canada. "The new 73 Series hybrids are some of our most promising performers yet, representing the next wave of technology and building on the success of other DEKALB performance leaders."

The new DEKALB brand hybrids signal an enhanced level of performance in terms of yield, maturity and disease package. All hybrids are also rated 'R' for blackleg and fusarium wilt. The new hybrids in the 73 Series include:

- 73-45 RR - The highest yielding hybrid ever introduced into the DEKALB
lineup, for growers seeking maximum yield performance from their canola.
- 73-55 RR - A broad acre hybrid that will be sold exclusively at
independent retailers.
- 73-35 RR - A short season hybrid, representing Monsanto's ongoing efforts
to find solutions for the unique challenges facing growers in short
season zones.
- 73-67 RR and 73-77 RR - Two clubroot resistant hybrids developed to
address the expanding threat of this disease.

Clubroot - a soil borne disease impacting canola - has been an increasing concern for Alberta growers since it was first identified in 2003. Monsanto's canola breeding group took on the challenge of finding a solution as quickly as possible. The new 73 Series integrates clubroot resistant material with Monsanto's elite germplasm to create a hybrid solution that, together with good stewardship practices, can help growers avoid the spread of clubroot and maximize their canola yield.

"With Monsanto's breeding resources, we've been able to develop and test these new clubroot resistant hybrids and bring them to market very quickly - much sooner than we had initially anticipated," said David Kelner, Monsanto's technology development lead for Western Canada.

Monsanto expects some of its current DEKALB customers will have access to the new lines this growing season, with the new 73 Series becoming more broadly available to growers across Western Canada in 2011.

Supply will be available once the CFIA issues the official registration, an announcement that is expected in late March 2010. Growers interested in the new 73 Series should get in touch with their retailer or local DEKALB territory manager for more information.

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Contact Information

  • Monsanto Canada
    Cornie Thiessen
    DEKALB Business Manager, Western Canada
    Monsanto Canada
    Dave Kelner
    Technology Development Lead, Western Canada
    Monsanto Canada
    Trish Jordan
    Director, Public Affairs