Late-sea­son va­ri­ety

Shepparton News - Country News - - WOMEN IN AG FORUM -

A new va­ri­ety of wheat will give farm­ers the op­por­tu­nity to sow later in the sea­son with­out com­pro­mis­ing yields.

De­vel­oped by Aus­tralian Grain Tech­nolo­gies’ Narrabri pro­gram, Sun­prime is an early ma­tur­ing Aus­tralian prime hard wheat, sim­i­lar in ma­tu­rity to Spit­fire, Sun­mate and Mus­tang, mak­ing it well suited to short sea­sons where sow­ing oc­curs from mid-May on­wards.

While de­layed plant­ing con­di­tions are not al­ways ideal, Sun­prime of­fers farm­ers a va­ri­ety which con­sis­tently achieves high yields and strong grain qual­ity.

This is par­tic­u­larly valu­able in cir­cum­stances where in­creased risk of heat stress and be­lowa­v­er­age spring rain­fall may limit yield po­ten­tial in slower-ma­tur­ing va­ri­eties.

Na­tional Va­ri­ety Tri­als yield data and long-term AGT yield data have shown that Sun­prime has achieved grain yield six to 10 per cent higher than Spit­fire across NSW and Queens­land re­gions, while prov­ing adapt­able even un­der tough con­di­tions.

‘‘Given the sea­son we have had in 2018, farm­ers may be go­ing in to 2019 look­ing for quick­ma­tur­ing va­ri­eties like Sun­prime that pro­vide strong re­sults,’’ AGT mar­ket­ing man­ager Dou­glas Lush said.

‘‘An­other favourable trait pos­sessed by Sun­prime is help­ful tol­er­ance and re­sis­tance to soil­borne dis­eases, in­clud­ing root le­sion ne­ma­tode and crown rot.’’

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