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Canola researchers aim to beat the heat

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Western Australian research has shown that canola is most vulnerable to heat damage at flowering and early pod fill stages, and that high temperatures can halve the yield potential of some varieties... Unseasonably hot weather has reduced the yield potential of many WA canola crops in recent seasons, and some cropping areas this year experienced record temperatures exceeding 34 C in early September... Dr Chen says the information could be used by growers to help them adjust sowing times and select varieties to minimise the risk of yield losses...