Bayer introduces new packaging based on Target Plant Population to help growers get the most out of DEKALB canola seed

Aug 04, 2021

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Calgary, AB - Today the Crop Science division of Bayer announced a change to how DEKALB canola seed will be packaged. Starting in 2022, every bag of DEKALB Canola will contain no less than 4.25M seeds - the optimal Target Plant Population (TPP) for every 10 acres.

"Seeding by TPP offers the best advantage a grower can get with DEKALB seed," says Jamie Mills, Grower and Channel Marketing Manager for Canola, Bayer Crop Science.

Bayer's own agronomic research, consistent with the Canola Council of Canada, shows that a TPP of 5 to 8 plants/ft² maintains the yield potential of your canola crop-any less, the field becomes more vulnerable to weeds; any more, the risk for potentially thinner, less productive plants that are more prone to lodging*. To put it another way, 5 to 8 plants/ft² is the perfect way to set your Canola crop up for success.

In order to achieve the optimal plant population of 5 to 8 plants/ft², Bayer recommends seeding 10 seeds per square foot. Regardless of the thousand seed weight and corresponding bag weight, each bag will contain no less than 4.25M seeds and seed 10 acres per bag. No matter the size of bag, you can easily determine if a seeding application rate change is necessary with the DEKALB Canola Recalibration Calculator.

"For years, DEKALB has been packaging by seed count with Corn and Soybeans. Now we're bringing the same precision to Canola.," says Mills. "Growers can rely on DEKALB's expertise in measuring thousand seed weight and fill each bag with the optimal amount of seed." It's not about how much a bag weighs, but rather it's about making sure you get the right number of seeds in every bag of DEKALB Canola to get the most out of your season.

Advancements in agriculture are empowering growers to achieve their best season. DEKALB's implementation of TPP seeding in canola is the latest move as part of a larger industry shift to create the optimal environment for the best canola crop production.

Source : cropscience.bayer

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