Canterra Seeds has announced it is going to be releasing the first canola hybrid with any level of resistance to the new 5X clubroot pathotype for planting in 2015.

The new race of clubroot disease was discovered in a field north of Edmonton in 2013. Testing by Dr. Stephen Strelkov of the University of Alberta showed the new CS2000 hybrid from Canterra has resistance to existing clubroot pathotypes 2,3,5,6 and 8 and intermediate reaction to the 5X pathotype.

The company expects the variety, which was bred by DL Seeds, will receive approval for registration within weeks, which would make it the first registered hybrid to show tolerance to the new clubroot pathotype. Growers will have access to seed for planting this spring, but supplies will be limited.

“CS2000 is a huge step forward for growers battling clubroot,” said David Hansen, President and CEO of Canterra Seeds, in a news release issued on Wednesday. “And just as importantly, it also brings excellent yield, standability and agronomic characteristics. It’s a win-win variety for us and for our retailer partners who strive to bring the very best genetics to their farmer customers.”

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