Advancing the Canola Industry

At Bayer, we remain steadfastly dedicated to giving you the right InVigor® hybrid solution to take on the challenges you face for a successful canola crop. InVigor continues to set new standards with innovative genetics, such as InVigor L140P with its patented pod shatter reduction technology and the new InVigor L241C designed to help manage clubroot. We are committed to continually meeting Canadian growers needs and providing our customers with solutions to their biggest challenges

The Science Behind InVigor

InVigor started with the idea that the exceptional genetic potential of canola could be harnessed by creating a hybrid of two genetically superior parental lines. In 1997 the first InVigor hybrid was launched on 20,000 acres in Canada. Today, InVigor represents over half the canola acres in Canada and is now a household name on the farm.

Our continued promise to you is to provide you with superior performing hybrids. From the ongoing technology investment and exceptional genetics to the incredible personal dedication of our entire team, this promise of minimizing risk and increasing yield continues today.

We remain committed to the success of Canadian growers through relentless innovation, the highest quality control standards and unparalleled production practices. Throughout each step of the way, our passionate team of InVigor experts continues to push the boundaries of performance.



Pod Shatter Reduction

A Very Promising Future

There is a dramatic change in the wind in the way growers approach their canola harvest! Bayer is predicting that by 2020, as much as 40% to 50% of canola in Western Canada will be straight cut.

Bayer straight cutting canola forecast prediction

The benefits of delayed swathing or straight cutting are numerous, but the biggest advantage of pod shatter reduction technology is the added flexibility you gain. With the enhanced yield protection, giving you more freedom and flexibility when making crucial harvest management decisions.

Canola hybrids with the patented Pod Shatter Reduction technology will continue to enable growers to take advantage of straight cutting. This technology allows the pods to fill for a longer period of time resulting in larger seeds, a fuller pod and potential for lower green seed counts. Furthermore, this may also reduce the amount of volunteer canola in your fields by ensuring the seeds end up in your bin, minimizing management challenges in future years.

See how pod shatter reduction gives you the flexibility you need.

Straight Cutting Tips

When planning to straight cut, use these tips for best results:

  • Watch your seeding rate: Growers should target an even plant population to ensure a uniform stand, which in turn allows the field to mature evenly.
  • Choose your hybrid carefully: All canola can be successfully straight cut, but now growers can actually choose hybrids, such as InVigor L140P and InVigor L233P, that were designed to be straight cut
  • Eliminate weeds: A clean field is easier to straight cut, especially if those weeds are still green. Green weeds can cause issues while harvesting and in storage.
  • Keep disease under control: Diseases, such as sclerotinia or alternaria black spot, can cause increased shattering resulting in uneven maturity.
  • Monitor the weather: Cooler, overcast days can be an advantage when straight cutting to minimize shattering.
  • Maintain appropriate combine and reel speed: You must re-evaluate all of your combine settings when straight cutting, which often will involve slower harvest speeds. If you are using a reel, ensure the speed of the reel matches the speed of your combine.
  • Look out for green plant material: Ensure you monitor your harvested canola seed, even if it comes off dry because there is a greater chance of plant material making it into the sample.


Clubroot Management

Clubroot is a devastating disease and can cause major yield loss. Implementing an integrated pest management system using a hybrid with built-in resistance is an excellent tool to help manage the disease. Maximize and protect the potential of your crop with InVigor L135C and InVigor L241C. Each hybrid has been engineered to help prevent clubroot development.

Clubroot-Resistant Canola Genetics

As part of an integrated pest management strategy for clubroot disease in canola, InVigor L135C and InVigor L241C have been developed to be resistant to the predominant clubroot pathotypes identified in Canada at the time of their registration.

In the field environment, clubroot populations may contain or develop additional pathotypes such as 5X to which InVigor L135C, InVigor L241C and other clubroot-resistant canola hybrids with similar resistance profiles could be susceptible. New pathotypes may become dominant in the clubroot population if canola hybrids with similar resistance profiles are used repeatedly in the same field. To maximize the durability of genetic resistance in canola hybrids, appropriate integrated pest management strategies should be followed.

While clubroot resistant hybrids may be a good tool we have to manage this disease, it is important that we use it in conjunction with other strategies to prevent the breakdown of resistance. Bayer CropScience continues to recommend that an intensive pest management strategy be employed when growing InVigor L135C and InVigor L241C to prevent resistance breakdown and further spread of the disease. Bayer CropScience supports the Canola Council of Canada’s agronomic recommendations when growing these InVigor hybrids.

Find out more about InVigor L241C and InVigor L135C.

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InVigor Choice

InVigor Choice LR250 is the first InVigor Choice hybrid with this innovative technology, which will combine the exceptional yield performance of an InVigor with built-in industry-leading herbicide trait technologies LibertyLink® from Bayer and Genuity® Roundup Ready® from Monsanto.

Is InVigor Choice right for you?

  • Looking for the YIELD and PERFORMANCE of an InVigor with the ability to use Roundup WeatherMAX®? InVigor Choice will provide you with the yield performance of an InVigor hybrid, as well as the ability to use Roundup WeatherMAX® herbicide to control the toughest of weeds.
  • Trouble controlling tough weeds such as cleavers or Canada thistle in your canola? Cleavers and Canada thistle are hard-to-control weeds and Roundup WeatherMAX® herbicide is an effective control option for these tough weeds.
  • Difficulty finding time to complete your pre-burn prior to seeding your canola? InVigor Choice will provide you with the flexibility to apply a post-seed Roundup WeatherMAX® herbicide application.

InVigor Choice may not fit all cropping rotations; we encourage you to consult with your local retail and agronomist to decide where InVigor Choice can best benefit your operation.

Recommended Herbicide Use Pattern:

  • 1st Pass: Roundup WeatherMAX® herbicide early, at cotyledon to 3 leaf stage
  • 2nd Pass: Liberty® herbicide or Roundup WeatherMAX® herbicide (no later than 6 leaf stage), 10-14 days after 1st pass

InVigor Choice LR250 is the first canola hybrid of its kind; providing growers the ability to control the toughest weeds on their farm without sacrificing yield.

As part of our ongoing commitment to the sustainability of Canadian agriculture, Bayer makes a substantial investment into the research and development of NEW InVigor hybrids annually. Our goal is to bring new innovations and technologies into the marketplace that will help maximize grower profits and minimize their risk.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is InVigor Choice important for Canadian canola growers?

  • InVigor® Choice LR250 is the first canola hybrid of its kind that provides the exceptional yield performance of an InVigor with both industry leading herbicide trait technologies – LibertyLink® and Genuity® Roundup Ready®.  This gives growers greater flexibility for in-crop herbicide application to control the toughest weeds and maximize yield potential.
  • InVigor Choice hybrids will not fit every cropping rotation, as such Bayer’s breeding focus remains in the straight LibertyLink system, but InVigor Choice is another valuable tool for growers to help maximize their operation.

Does this increase the risk of glyphosate resistance on my farm?

  • Growers should plan a 4 to 5 year cropping rotation and take into account crop types, herbicides (Groups), disease pressures, volunteer management (all crops) etc. when deciding on what canola hybrids are best suited to their farm. InVigor Choice hybrids will not fit every cropping rotation.
  • Glyphosate is an extremely important tool for farms and must be managed appropriately. InVigor Choice hybrids can be a part of that management plan if glyphosate is not over used. If you are already over-reliant on glyphosate on your farm, we recommend growing LibertyLink only InVigor hybrids.

I am concerned about controlling volunteer canola in subsequent years?

  • Cross pollination in your canola field is a normal occurrence in Western Canada, therefore volunteer canola can contain more than one herbicide tolerance trait regardless of the herbicide tolerance system(s) that have previously been grown.  Volunteer canola should be actively managed and there are multiple options available to control volunteer canola of all herbicide tolerances. Check out how Pardner can help you manage volunteer canola.
  • Refer to the Canola Council of Canada’s recommendations on controlling volunteer canola

Why is Bayer interested in InVigor Choice canola hybrids?

  • As the global leader in canola, our goal is to provide growers with the latest innovation and technology to solve their evolving farming challenges, and realize their opportunities. InVigor Choice expands our product offering to give growers more choice towards how they manage weeds, without sacrificing yield. 

Learn more about InVigor Choice LR250.

InVigor Choice Liberty Link Genuity Roundup Ready Canola

Bayer CropScience Inc. and MONSANTO are members of Excellence Through Stewardship® (“ETS”). InVigor Choice is commercialized in accordance with the ETS Guide for Product Launch Stewardship. The biotechnology traits expressed in InVigor Choice have achieved full regulatory authorizations in Canada and certain export markets with deemed functioning regulatory systems. Grain from InVigor Choice must not be exported without all necessary approvals in the importing country. Information regarding the regulatory status of InVigor Choice as well as grain and other products derived and/or produced from InVigor Choice can be obtained at

DST Protocols

Our Demonstration Strip Trials are managed by real growers in their own fields, using their own equipment and practices. All trials are replicated on the same field to maximize the validity of the results. Each trial is also monitored to ensure all herbicide, fungicide and insecticide applications and swathing are appropriately timed. Hybrid varieties are only compared to one another when grown at common sites.


Volunteer Canola Management

Cross pollination in your canola field is a normal occurrence in Western Canada. Therefore, volunteer canola can contain more than one herbicide-tolerant trait, regardless of the herbicide tolerance system(s) that have previously been grown. Volunteer canola should be actively managed and there are multiple options available to control volunteer canola of all herbicide tolerances.

For more information, check out the Canola Council of Canada's recommendations on controlling volunteer canola.

To help manage volunteer canola, click here to find out more about Pardner.

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