Every year, the Protein Research Foundation hosts the Canola Yield competition, where canola producers in the Swartland and Southern Cape regions are challenged and recognised for the highest crop yield. Two canola producers, who are also SOILL suppliers, performed incredibly well in the 2018 competition.
Melt van der Westhuizen from the Klipheuwel farm in Mooreesburg achieved a record yield of 3,437 ton per hectare and won a R25,000 cash prize from the Protein Research Foundation for the highest yield in the Swartland region. Melt won the prize with the cultivar Diamond, a conventional cultivar, which was planted at a seeding density of 3 kilograms per hectare. The top producer for the Southern Cape was Pieter Beukes from the Yashua farm in Caledon, with a yield of 2,96 ton per hectare. This is the third consecutive year that Beukes wins the Southern Cape regional title in the competition.
The competition organiser, Prof Andre Agenbag, says the 15 competitors in the 2018 competition set a new record with their combined yield. Three participants achieved yields of more than 3 tons per hectare, which is a remarkable achievement considering the Western Cape’s battle with drought conditions in recent years.
SOILL would like to congratulate all the participating canola producers on their 2018 yield results – the hard work and dedication to nurturing the canola crop with help from SOILL’s agriculturists, Izané Crous and Zander Spammer, is certainly paying off!