2015 NVT Sites Harvest commenced

November 30, 2015GrainSearchNews

The 2015 NVT sites have commenced harvest.  The Barley sites from Qld, NSW, SA and northern Victoria have been completed and a few of the Vic Wimmera/Mallee wheat sites have also been harvested.

GrainSearch is compiling the results as they come in, to assess the performance of our lines currently entered into a range of sites.  We will prepare a summary of the results in the New Year.

9516-01 Barley  – most main season eastern states barley sites

HV8 & HV3 Barley – selected main and long season Vic sites

2705-26A Barley – long and early season Vic sites

SY Rattler & Westminster Barley

HIL – 038 Wheat – selected main season Vic and NSW sites

11-FD-AU-04  Wheat- selected main season sites

Beaufort Wheat – selected main and long season sites

Revenue and Manning Wheats – early & long season sites

GrainSearch’s potential Fast Malting Barley continues to show promise

October 22, 2015GrainSearchNews

GrainSearch is continuing to evaluate the super quick 9516-01 Barley in 2015 and it is again showing strong potential to be the next commercial variety release for GrainSearch.  The line reaches 50% head emergence at least 10 days faster than Hindmarsh, making it an extremely quick barley.  Preliminary malting data shows that the line has strong export malt characteristics and in the field, agronomically it is fast out of the ground, shows good disease tolerances and copes in drier conditions.

Along with GrainSearch’s own extensive evaluation trials,  9516-01 has been entered into all 2015 main season NVT barley sites in Vic, NSW and Qld.  A recent inspection of the NVT site at Wunghnu (NE Vic) showed that the speed of 9516-01 has helped it overcome the lower than average rainfall received at the site. Harvest results from the NVT sites will help show where 9516-01 may best suit. Early trial data shows that it is best suited to the MRZ and LRZ barley growing regions such as the Wimmera and Mallee (Vic),

In 2016 GrainSearch will expand testing on 9516-01 to include time of sowing trials – to ensure we are able to lock in the best sowing time but it is certainly looks well suited to a late May – mid June sowing window.

GrainSearch has also began bulking up seed ready for sufficient production for Malt Accreditation in 2017.  If all goes to plan, a full commercial release is planned for the 2018 season.

(9516-01 comes from the Syngenta Seeds UK breeding program and is licenced to GrainSearch in Australia)

9516-01 Barley at Junee Oct 2015

Beaufort at NVT Numurkah (irrigated site) 2015

October 22, 2015GrainSearchFeatured, News

A recent visit to the Numurkah NVT Irrigated wheat trial site (Oct 2015) caused some surprise when standing in front of the Beaufort Wheat plot (mid season, awnless, red grained, feed wheat).  The plot looked amazing – absolutely jammed with heads standing about 1.3m high but with no sign any lodging issues – noted among many of the other lines at the site.  Having topped the Numurkah Irrigated site in 2014, Beaufort looks set to be at or very near the top again.

As a reminder – Beaufort is VS for Stem rust, so growers who are looking at putting in Beaufort should be aware that a sound fungicide prevention program should be in place to avoid stem rust causing issues after head emergence.

GrainSearch is busy preparing a new commercial seed line of Beaufort – with the awned off type pretty much totally removed.  A very limited quantity will be available in 2016 and a larger commercial volume will be ready for 2017.

Beaufort Plot - NVT Numurkah Irrigated Site (Oct 2015)

Beaufort Heads @ NVT Numurkah Irrigated site (Oct 2015)


New Leaf Rust now widespread in Australia

October 22, 2015GrainSearchNews

Tests conducted by the University of Sydney’s Australian Cereal Rust Survey this season has shown that the new Leaf Rust Pathotype  104-1,3,4,6,7,8,10,12+Lr37 – (an overseas leaf rust of unknown origin that was first detected last season in SE SA), is now fairly widespread in most cereal regions in Australia from SA, Vic, NSW, QLD and even Tas. Many wheat varieties will need to have their Leaf Rust Resistance rating upgraded due to the presence of this new pathotype.  SQP Revenue and Manning have shown some level of susceptibility. Reports from the field however, indicate that a sensible rust management program should be sufficient to prevent the leaf rust from causing too much issue – but be aware that growers should be continually monitoring their cereals throughout the season for any unexpected rust outbreaks. GrainSearch will update its information on Revenue and Manning once the new leaf rust ratings are published.

New Quarantine Material

August 7, 2015GrainSearchFeatured