Monsanto releases its newest clubroot-resistant canola hybrid, 75-42 CR, under the DEKALB brand for the 2017 growing season.

“The new 75-42 CR hybrid offers a new, early maturing alternative in the battle against clubroot,” says Dave Kelner, canola portfolio manager for Monsanto. “Central Alberta farmers are often challenged with late harvests. This product will be one of the earliest maturing clubroot-resistant products available in the market. Combined with outstanding yield potential and a well-rounded agronomic package, this product will have a fit on every farm in that area.”

DEKALB 75-42 CR is the most extensively tested canola hybrid to enter the brand’s lineup.

Early maturing hybrids allow a grower to make the most of what can be limited heat units in some years and enable the crop to reach full maturity in a shorter amount of time. “They allow a grower to seed after early spring storms and harvest before the typical frost begins,” adds Kerran Clements, the Edmonton-based DEKALB field agronomist. “Using hybrids with different maturities also helps farmers spread out their harvest and get the crop off at an optimal time.”

Adverse weather at harvest negatively impacts yield and is a top-of-mind issue for Alberta farmers after the inclement weather experienced this season. “With a product like this, there is more peace of mind that you will actually get your crop in and you will get the full potential of the seed because it has been allowed to reach its full maturity,” says Erin McDougall, another DEKALB field agronomist based in Red Deer, Alberta.

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