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Introducing BY 6216TF

At BrettYoung, we offer many industry-leading varieties of canola, each carefully developed by our canola breeding partner, DL Seeds. This year, we’re excited to bring you BY 6216TF, a DefendR-rated product with next-generation clubroot protection and a unique blackleg major resistance gene effective against predominant blackleg races.

DL Seeds is delivering solutions that are profitable for North American growers and they are the source of most our high performance canola hybrids. Our priority partnership with DL Seeds means BrettYoung receives preferential, first-choice access to the top varieties across all canola herbicide tolerance segments produced by their breeding program.

Our active harvest and disease management strategy for our canola varieties is supported by the DefendR trait platform. The DefendR designation on a hybrid signals exceptional genetic resistance or tolerance to pod shatter, clubroot, and blackleg.

BY 6216TF is a TruFlex™ hybrid equipped with the latest in herbicide trait technology. It has a mid-maturity suitable for mid and long-season zones and a very good standability. The maturity of BY 6216TF is +0.9days and its yield is 102% when compared to WCC/RRC check hybrids.

“We’re excited about this product as it has a very nice maturity for its yield performance profile,” said Eric Gregory, BrettYoung Canola Product Manager. “Plus it has excellent disease resistance characteristics that we know work.”

BY 6216TF is in its own league with its next-generation clubroot protection and RLM7 major blackleg gene protection. This hybrid is suitable for all canola growing areas of Western Canada, particularly in the intensive clubroot zone of Alberta.

Clubroot causes swellings or galls to form on the roots of canola plants, ultimately causing the plant to die prematurely. It’s caused by a fungus-like protist and that seeks out brassica plant roots. Galls can release spores, which then germinate to produce zoospores, which infect the root hairs of the next susceptible plant and so on.

In 2022, Steve Strelkov’s lab identified 13 pathotypes among 39 single-spore isolates (populations) obtained from Prairie wide field samples. Pathotype 3A is the most common in Western Canada, followed closely by 3H and 3D. There have been 43 pathotypes identified in Western Canada to date and the canola industry is moving forward in labelling hybrids with resistance to these pathotypes.

Because there are currently no easy or reliable control measures a grower can take for clubroot once established in a field, planting a canola hybrid with clubroot protection like BY 6216TF is the best option.

Blackleg is a canola disease that occasionally results in significant yield loss and is often present at levels that cause undetected but persistent yield loss. The blackleg fungus overwinters on infected canola residue and waits until the spring when it releases microscopic spores into the air, resulting in dispersal of the disease to new crops. The best way to combat blackleg is by planting a disease-resistant canola hybrid like BY 6216TF and ordering canola seed pre-treated with Helix Saltro, the only systemic control for blackleg now.

BrettYoung is launching BY 6216TF for the 2023 growing season with limited quantities available. If you’re interested in growing this brand-new canola hybrid, contact your BrettYoung retailer or your BrettYoung Regional Account Manager (RAM) for more information. You can view all of our canola products here.

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