Seed treatment solutions for oilseed rape/canola
Oilseed rape was among the earliest plants cultivated by mankind – thousands of years ago in Asia, in medieval times in Europe. Today, oilseed rape is the world's third largest source of vegetable oil after soybeans and palm, and Bayer CropScience is behind many of the innovations that are taking this crop to new heights.
Rapeseed oil as a lubricant
The onset of the Industrial Revolution changed the course of oilseed rape cropping forever. The advent of the steam engine brought the need for effective and economical lubricants to grease the wheels of the great iron horses, and machinists soon discovered the superior characteristics of rapeseed oil for this purpose. During World War II, its use as a lubricant for steam-powered ships drove huge demand for rapeseed oil, and production expanded accordingly.
Oilseed rape for food and feed
Only in the past few decades has oilseed rape become a major global commodity after new varieties with improved oil and meal characteristics were developed in the mid-1970s. Known as “00” or “double low”, these varieties were low in euricic acid and glucosinolate and thus enabled more widespread uses oilseed rape in food and feed. Today, these improved varieties are grown worldwide, but primarily in China, Canada, India, Europe, and Australia.
Bayer's broad portfolio
Bayer is a leading global supplier to the canola and oilseed rape industry, with a robust portfolio of integrated crop solutions to improve canola production. This portfolio includes high-yielding hybrids and open-pollinated seed varieties, market-driven traits and crop protection products – both seed-applied and sprayed – that play a crucial role on the farm. “There has been a gradual and steady increase in our canola yields over the past decade thanks to products like Bayer's InVigor and Prosper EverGol,” says Pete Sprunger, an InVigor hybrid canola producer from Alberta, Canada. “The genetics of canola are getting better every year, which adds value to our business. Canola is a primary cash crop providing us with a good return on dollars per acre spent.”
Protecting premium seed
With the dominance of specialty canola varieties and hybrids today, farmers make it a key priority to protect their premium seed from disease and insect damage right from the start. “Bayer SeedGrowth products and services play a vital role in protecting farmers' major investment in seed, ensuring a healthy crop and enabling high-yielding genetics to perform to their full potential,” says Oliver Guth, Bayer SeedGrowth's Global Oilseeds Segment Manager. “That's why Bayer has long put a great emphasis on innovations in this field.”