SF Ignite TT hybrid canola delivers increased farmer returns over OP counterpart

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Hybrid canola variety SF Ignite TT delivered greater yield and profitability than its competitor in Southern Farming Systems’ management strategies trials at Lake Bolac in 2019. The Optimised Management for High Rainfall Zones Project trials compared different management strategies to identify the best options that drive yield and oil content for farmer profit. Two varieties, … Read more

New sub-clovers offer productivity gains for Australian livestock producers

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A five-year joint venture between the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) and Seed Force via a $700K investment, has delivered eight new sub-clover varieties to Australian livestock producers. The new varieties cover all three sub-species, catering for differing soil types and annual average rainfall ranges from 325-1000mm. Most are now commercial with some … Read more

Strong results for SF Turbine TT in 2019 SEPWA trials

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SF Turbine TT hybrid canola has maintained its consistent commercial performance, finishing at the top of the 2019 SEPWA Triazine Tolerant trials. Conducted on Scott Redman’s property at Hopetoun, south of Ravensthorpe in Western Australia, the trial was sown on 18 April 2019 at 2.5 kg/ha using a nearest-neighbour trial design. Plots were 108m x … Read more

Winter canola update, March 2020

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If you have good soil moisture early in the season, planting winter canola prior to the traditional planting window that applies to spring types can provide significant financial benefits. Under this strategy, growers the opportunity for early grazing until the recommended late July lock-up for grain. It can provide one or two 4-6 week grazing … Read more

New soft-leaf cocksfoot provides quality summer feed oasis

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Seed Force has released SF Oasis, its third soft-leaf cocksfoot in Australia, building on the success of this new high-quality type, initially launched with SF Greenly in 2008 and followed by SF Lazuly in 2009. All three varieties have been bred by RAGT in France, a cornerstone Seed Force shareholder and the main supplier of … Read more

Technical Update: Winter brassicas post-drought, January 2020

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With recent rainfall across many of the drought-affected regions of eastern Australia, producers want to know what planting options will provide the best or most cost-effective quick feed on their properties. There is a shortage of forage oat seed available, and what seed there is will be at higher prices than normal due to competition … Read more

New Italian ryegrass accelerates genetic gain

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A new benchmark in winter and total forage yield is being set by the latest Italian ryegrass variety to be released by Seed Force. SF Accelerate 2 is a late flowering diploid that includes material from well-known varieties such as Concord, Tabu, Warrior and Sonik, plus European genetics. Bred by RAGT in France, the new … Read more

New Spark ignites growing interest in hybrid canola

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A new hybrid TT canola, SF Spark TT, has created significant interest in the growing hybrid canola market in Australia. Once dominated by open-pollinated (OP) varieties, the Australian market is following European and American trends to opt for the higher yielding hybrid varieties over the lower seed cost OPs. While growers can retain seed from … Read more

Seed Force announces Australian GM

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Seed Force has announced Dale Skepper as the company’s new general manager for the Australian market. Group managing director, Bruce Garrett, says the appointment of Mr Skepper to this newly created role is a strategic decision aimed at supporting continued growth of the Australian business. “We warmly welcome Dale to the Seed Force team. A … Read more

Building better barley for high-rainfall zones

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A new research partnership aims to improve commercial barley varieties to better tolerate waterlogging, a problem that affects farmers in high-rainfall zones and can severely impact crop yield. The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is partnering with Seed Force to add a waterlogging tolerance gene to RGT Planet barley. The announcement builds on a previous … Read more