Colorado, Saskatchewan and Horsham...the big three of canola breeding
It takes an international effort to produce the next big thing in Canola, sought after by farmers and end users alike. Cargill’s high oleic canola breeding team spans Fort Collins, Colorado in the US, Aberdeen, Saskatchewan in Canada and Horsham in the Victorian Wimmera. High oleic canola oil is one of the healthiest oils in the marketplace with close to zero trans fat and cholesterol, healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and the lowest amount of saturated fat of all common cooking oils.
Canadian Lyle DePauw who manages canola planting seed for Cargill, is in Australia working with Australian Breeding Manager Laura Maher and the Australian VICTORY canola team of Sam Reichstein and Trevor Gillespie, on the next variety to bring to market.
“Our Australian breeding operation is a really important part of our global canola business,” says Lyle.
“Every country has different requirements and working with our Australian breeders we can ensure the variety is suited to local conditions. There are differences in weeds, pests and diseases here that we need to take into consideration in getting the variety just right for Australian farmers and the Australian food industry.
“Our major innovation centre for breeding is in Fort Collins Colorado. From there just a handful of seeds of a new canola variety can be bred and trialed in Australia in preparation for commercial release.
“Australia is important in the global production of Canola. The proximity to Asia means the potential for growth is significant and Australia is well positioned to serve this market.
“There is nothing but opportunity,” Lyle said.
To learn more about VICTORY Canola, or to grow VICTORY Canola, click here.
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