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New Crop Varieties for 2017

Following is a selection of crop varieties released recently, which are worthy of consideration next year:

Wheat
Coolah

  • Released for 2017
  • Marketed by AGT
  • AH in southern NSW
  • $3.25/t EPR, ability to share seed between growers
  • Slightly longer maturity than EGA Gregory, late April to early May sowing
  • Stripe Rust resistance, R-MR
  • Yellow Leaf Spot resistance, MS-S

Longreach Kittyhawk (LPB 11-0140)

  • Released for 2017
  • Marketed by Pacific Seeds
  • APH in southern NSW
  • $4.25/t EPR, no grower to grower trading allowed
  • Winter wheat, similar to Wedgetail
  • Stripe Rust resistance, R-MR
  • Yellow Leaf Spot resistance, MS
  • Claimed improvements in grain quality and disease resistance compared to Wedgetail

Longreach Reliant

  • Released for 2017
  • Marketed by Pacific Seeds
  • AH in southern NSW
  • $4.25/t EPR, no grower to grower trading allowed
  • Slightly shorter maturity than EGA Gregory, similar to Suntop. Less flexible maturity than Gregory
  • Stripe Rust resistance, MR-MS, so may require rust management
  • Yellow Leaf Spot resistance, MS-S
  • Bred from Gregory and Crusader
  • Shorter stature than Gregory

Barley
Rosalind

  • Released for 2016
  • Marketed by Intergrain
  • Feed classification
  • $3.50/t EPR, ability to share seed between growers
  • Medium maturity variety slightly longer than La Trobe and Hindmarsh
  • Spot Form Net Blotch resistance, S-VS
  • Net Form Net Blotch resistance, MR
  • Scald resistance, S
  • Highest yielding barley in 10 of 12 New South Wales 2015 NVT sites

Canola
Pioneer 44T02

  • Hybrid Triazine Tolerant
  • Early-Mid maturity alternative to ATR Bonito
  • Claimed Blackleg rating, R-MR (Jockey treated)
  • Blackleg resistance group, ABD
  • An alternative TT variety in high yielding environments where Blackleg pressure on ATR Bonito is considered high risk

Pioneer 45T01

  • Hybrid Triazine Tolerant
  • Mid maturity alternative to ATR Gem
  • Claimed Blackleg rating, R-MR (Jockey treated)
  • Blackleg resistance group, AB
  • An alternative TT variety in high yielding environments where Blackleg pressure on ATR Gem is considered high risk

Pioneer 44Y90

  • Hybrid Clearfield
  • Early-Mid replacement for 44Y89
  • Claimed Blackleg rating, R (Jockey treated)
  • Blackleg resistance group, B

Pioneer 45Y91

  • Hybrid Clearfield
  • Mid maturity replacement for 45Y88
  • Claimed Blackleg rating, R (Jockey treated)
  • Blackleg resistance group, B

SF Turbine TT

  • Marketed by Seed Force
  • Hybrid Triazine Tolerant
  • Mid maturity alternative to ATR Gem
  • Claimed Blackleg rating, R (Jockey treated)
  • Blackleg resistance group, BF
  • An alternative TT variety where blackleg pressure on ATR Gem/Bonito is considered high risk

InVigor R 5520P

  • Marketed by Bayer
  • Hybrid Roundup Ready
  • Mid maturity alternative to ATR Gem
  • Claimed Blackleg rating, R (Jockey treated)
  • Blackleg resistance group, AC
  • Contains shatter resistance trait for delayed windrowing or direct harvesting
  • Delivery points and price reductions for GM canola need to be considered

Following are some comments on existing varieties for the purpose of comparison:

 Wheat
EGA Gregory

  • Quality classification has been upgraded to APH in southern NSW
  • Maintains MR Stripe Rust resistance, rarely needing treatment
  • Yellow Leaf Spot resistance, S
  • Very consistent variety across a range of soil types and environments
  • Tolerates heat at flowering and maintains grain size in dry finishing conditions
  • Tall variety, producing large amounts of straw

Suntop

  • APH quality classification
  • Stripe Rust resistance, MR-MS, significant infections in 2016 before Adult Plant Resistance became activated
  • Yellow Leaf Spot resistance, MS-S
  • Can have higher screenings when grown on fertile soil with low soil moisture

Longreach Spitfire

  • Consistent yielding variety from mid-May sowing
  • APH quality classification
  • Stripe Rust resistance, MR
  • Yellow Leaf Spot resistance, MS-S
  • Reported to have better protein accumulation than other varieties at the same yield

Longreach Lancer

  • APH quality classification
  • Slightly longer season than EGA Gregory
  • Stripe Rust resistance, MR
  • Yellow Leaf Spot resistance, MS, making it more favourable for stubble retention systems
  • Appears to have consistent yield and grain size
  • Short plant height relative to Gregory

Longreach Trojan

  • APW quality classification
  • Slightly longer season than Gregory
  • Stripe Rust resistance, MR
  • Yellow Leaf Spot resistance, MS-S
  • Consistent yield from a range of sowing windows, with high yield potential when sown early
  • Consistently large grain size, so sowing rates may need to be increased to achieve target plant populations

Longreach Flanker

  • Released for 2016, so limited testing in paddock situations
  • APH quality classification
  • Very similar maturity to EGA Gregory
  • Stripe Rust resistance, R-MR
  • Yellow Leaf Spot resistance, MS-S
  • Slightly taller than EGA Gregory; could lodge under favourable conditions plus leave large stubble loads

Beckom

  • Released for 2016, so limited testing in paddock situations
  • AH quality classification
  • Similar maturity to Suntop
  • Stripe Rust resistance, MR-MS, so may require treatment in conducive years
  • Yellow Leaf Spot resistance, MS-S
  • Short plant height, grains tightly held in the head
  • Exhibited physiological yellowing and necrosis prior to head emergence in 2016

Condo

  • Released for 2016, so limited testing in paddock situations
  • AH quality classification
  • Stripe Rust resistance, MS-S, so will require treatment for Stripe Rust
  • Yellow Leaf Spot resistance, MS
  • Very fast maturing, quick to emerge and quite competitive with weeds
  • Tall plant height, so therefore could lodge under favourable conditions

Corack

  • Early maturity similar to Condo
  • APW classification
  • Stripe Rust resistance, MS, so likely to require preventative treatment
  • Yellow Leaf Spot resistance, MR, so possibly an option for wheat on wheat with stubble retention

H45

  • Has been downgraded to ASW in southern NSW

The following table gives indicative wheat sowing times for Southern NSW:

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Barley
Hindmarsh

  • Feed barley
  • Very good harvest index
  • Quick maturity and upright growth habit suits under-sowing with pasture
  • Not well suited to growing on wider rows where high weed pressure exists
  • Attracts a premium over Feed grade if Malt specifications are met, although cannot achieve Malt grade.

La Trobe

  • Malt barley
  • Very similar to Hindmarsh in growth habit and yield potential
  • Generally preferred over Hindmarsh for its malt quality

Commander

  • Malt barley
  • Suited to softer environments east of the Olympic Highway
  • Susceptible to lodging, especially in high yielding situations
  • Not suitable for under-sowing with pasture
  • Likely be replaced by Compass, if Compass passes Malt accreditation

Compass

  • Feed barley
  • More widely adapted than Commander
  • Much more competitive than Hindmarsh or La Trobe
  • Not suitable for under-sowing with pasture
  • Still undergoing Malt accreditation, so will be Feed in 2017

Oxford

  • Feed barley
  • Suited to high rainfall areas or irrigation
  • Needs to be sown early May to achieve yield potential

Canola
ATR Gem

  • Open pollinated Triazine Tolerant
  • Blackleg resistance, MR-MS (bare seed)
  • Blackleg resistance group, A
  • Has been a consistent performer
  • Most widely grown canola variety in NSW

ATR Bonito

  • Open pollinated Triazine Tolerant
  • Similar to ATR Gem, slightly quicker maturity
  • Blackleg resistance, MR-MS (bare seed)
  • Blackleg resistance group, A
  • Performs well across a range of seasons and environments
  • Widely grown throughout NSW

ATR Mako

  • Open pollinated Triazine Tolerant
  • Similar to ATR Gem, slightly quicker maturity
  • Blackleg resistance, R (Jockey treated)
  • Blackleg resistance group, A

ATR Stingray

  • Open pollinated Triazine Tolerant
  • Blackleg resistance, MR (bare seed)
  • Blackleg resistance group, C, being different to other Nuseed varieties
  • Performs very well in low to medium rainfall environments
  • Can also achieve high yields in favourable conditions
  • Low biomass with high harvest index
  • Less competitive with weeds

ATR Wahoo

  • Open pollinated Triazine Tolerant
  • Longer maturity than ATR Gem
  • Blackleg resistance, MR-MS (bare seed)
  • Blackleg resistance group, A
  • High yield potential, but more suited to high rainfall areas

SF Edimax CL

  • Hybrid Clearfield
  • Winter habit, can be sown from February to May
  • Much longer maturity compared to spring varieties
  • Blackleg resistance, R (Jockey treated)
  • Blackleg resistance group, C
  • Ability to graze if sown early
  • Suited to high rainfall environments

Hyola 970 CL

  • Hybrid Clearfield
  • Winter habit, can be sown from February to May
  • Much longer maturity compared to spring varieties
  • Blackleg resistance, R (bare seed)
  • Blackleg resistance group, H
  • Ability to graze if sown early
  • Suited to high rainfall environments
  • Windrow timing is generally much later than spring varieties

The above information has been derived from several sources, including NSW Department of Primary Industries winter crop variety sowing guide 2016, plus GRDC 2016 Spring Blackleg Management Guide.