EDSTAR Genetics managing director Ian Edwards has applauded the State Government's handling of the large-scale genetically modified (GM) canola trials in WA this year.
Dr Edwards said the trials had made a modest and cautious start.
He said Agriculture Minister Terry Redman deserved full credit for staying on course and providing 17 WA growers with opportunities to evaluate GM canola on their farms.
Dr Edwards said it now remained to be seen how well the GM canola varieties and hybrids performed this season.
"Growers will make their own choice," he said.
"There were many growers who did not get the chance in WA this year and they will certainly be looking for an opportunity next year."
Dr Edwards said there had been a tenfold increase in GM canola uptake on farms in NSW and Victoria this year, compared with GM cropping's first year in 2008.
"It is a question of choice which is something that our growers have been denied these past years under the Labor Government and ex-agriculture minister Kim Chance," he said.
Dr Edwards said the politics surrounding GM crops had also played out smoothly despite the potential for anti-GM campaigners to disrupt the trials.
He said that WA Labor's policy on GM crops, and the anti-GM outbursts of opposition agriculture spokesman Mick Murray, were now completely at odds with Federal Labor and the Labor governments of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
He said the GM Crops Free Areas Act required an exemption order is granted so the trials can take place.