Canadian canola farms reap benefits of biotech

10/8/2013 | Manitoba Co-Operator

Canada's canola acreage and yields have increased dramatically in the past two decades due to advances in biotechnology, including genetic modification and the development of hybrid crops. “If there’s one crop in Canada that really benefited from minimum till, it was canola,” said farmer Maurice Delage. “This herbicide-tolerant system really allowed for minimum till to find a stronghold in canola production. It allowed for many more acres to be seeded, higher yields, and quick establishment of the crop.” Canada's canola oil exports have increased five times over in 10 years, while crushing capacity tripled.

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