Farm leaders are hoping for expanded canola sales to China in the coming year.
China has approved two canola traits, opening the door for their use on the prairies this growing season.
The two traits, a Liberty tolerance trait from BASF and Bayer’s TruFlex trait were approved in Canada in 2012 but just received approval from China this week.
Canola council vice president Brian Innes says the new types will mean higher yields and more money for farmers.
Innes says the new canola types will improve weed control and tolerance to bad weather.
He says the new types will be available to farmers for spring seeding.
He says a market access policy keeps these varieties from being grown in Canada until a major market like China gives approval.
Otherwise, he says markets could be jeopardized by growing non-approved varieties.