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.