Eastern states' growers are being invited to bulk-up seed of new barley variety Baudin; on the basis that it will pass its final malting tests. Bred in WA as a replacement for the widely grown Gairdner, Baudin was recently released to WA growers as a provisional malting variety, according to GRDC supported Barley Industry Development Officer, Denise McLellan. While Victorian trials of Baudin will continue in 2003, all going well, seed will be available in the east from licensed seed growers in 2004 with open trading of the seed in 2005, Ms McLellan said. Speaking about Baudin, she said, "It is shorter than Gairdner and won't lodge as much. It is susceptible to rust but has excellent quality - similar to Franklin. Its yield and grain size are still being assessed under Victorian conditions."
Contact: Ms Denise McLellan 03 5362 2111