New wheat varieties for Victorian growers
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.