New wheat va­ri­eties for Vic­to­rian grow­ers

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

TWO new wheat va­ri­eties for Vic­to­rian grow­ers are cur­rently be­ing bulked up on farms to be ready for pur­chase and sow­ing next sea­son.

Aus­tralian wheat breed­ing com­pany Lon­gReach Plant Breed­ers (LRPB) has re­vealed the new va­ri­eties - LRPB110140 and Ar­row.

LRPB11- 0140 is a high yield­ing, dual-pur­pose wheat va­ri­ety suited to all ar­eas that grow Wed­getail.

It is a long sea­son type with an Aus­tralian Hard (AH) rat­ing in Vic­to­ria.

Ar­row is a high yield­ing AH va­ri­ety with mid-ma­tu­rity and a short canopy that is fo­cussed on pro­duc­ing grain rather than ex­tra straw.

Agro­nomic and veg­etable seed com­pany, Ad­vanta Seeds wheat tech­ni­cal man­ager Colin Ed­mond­son said the new re­leases will pro­vide grow­ers with op­tions that work bet­ter on-farm.

“With ev­ery new re­lease we aim to build on our record of con­sis­tent field per­for­mance with high strike rates for grain re­ceival spec­i­fi­ca­tions, and sought-af­ter qual­ity clas­si­fi­ca­tions,” he said.

Mr Ed­mond­son said LRPB11-0140 (which is yet to be named) con­tained three win­ter genes so it is suited to early plant­ing sim­i­lar to how grow­ers use Wed­getail.

It also of­fers im­proved dis­ease re­sis­tance over Wed­getail, es­pe­cially for stripe rust (RMR), stem rust (MRMS) and leaf rust (MRMS).

There also is sig­nif­i­cant test weights (4 to 6kg/HL) im­prove­ment on Wed­getail with a solid grain pack­age.

“It’s been a long time since we have had a dual-pur­pose wheat re­leased with a good qual­ity clas­si­fi­ca­tion, so a prime hard with more re­li­a­bil­ity for test weight will be well re­ceived on farm,” Mr Ed­mond­son said.

“Hav­ing the right ma­tu­rity and growth habit is crit­i­cal for a dual-pur­pose wheat, so we are very ex­cited about LRPB11-0140.”

He added that Ar­row has shown it has the canopy that will work on farm with the high yields grow­ers de­mand.

“Ar­row has per­formed very well in main sea­son Lon­gReach and NVT tri­als with sim­i­lar yield and yield sta­bil­ity to Mace.

“The va­ri­ety has a large grain size and has shown to be ro­bust for screen­ings, even in the tight 2015 fin­ish when it had lower screen­ings than Mace.”

He said test weights are sim­i­lar to re­li­able lines such as Co­rack and Mace.

Sprout­ing tol­er­ance is an im­prove­ment over Wyalkatchem and looks sim­i­lar to Tro­jan, while Black Point tol­er­ance is good.

Mr Ed­mond­son said Ar­row is mid-ma­tu­rity with head­ing time be­ing be­tween Mace and Tro­jan.

“Ar­row shows a good tiller­ing abil­ity that fills space lat­er­ally early in the sea­son, with a com­pact plant type that is com­pa­ra­ble to Co­bra in plant structure.

“As ma­tu­rity, Ar­row is sim­i­lar height to Wyalkatchem and Der­rimut with the short erect habit be­ing a stand­out fea­ture.

“The canopy structure suits di­rect drilling and stub­ble re­ten­tion sys­tems,” he said.

Ar­row is suit­able for a wheat-on-wheat ro­ta­tion phase with very good yel­low leaf spot re­sis­tance.

Ar­row is sus­cep­ti­ble to strip rust and will re­quire some form of chem­i­cal pro­tec­tion to max­imise per­for­mance, es­pe­cially in the cooler win­ter pe­riod.

It has solid re­sis­tance to stem rust, but is sus­cep­ti­ble to leaf rust.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Bran­don Long on (07) 4690 2623.

NEW VA­RI­ETIES: Ad­vanta Seeds wheat tech­ni­cal man­ager Colin Ed­mond­son said grow­ers have been ask­ing for a Wed­getail al­ter­na­tive for a long time.

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