Independent advice on hand for wheat growers
Author: Natalie Lee | Date: 16 Apr 2015
Growers can obtain independent information to help them get the best value from their wheat production by accessing the 2015 Wheat Variety Guide for Western Australia.
Produced by the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) with funding from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), the publication provides advice on variety, agronomy, disease and herbicide tolerance characteristics, medium to long-term yield performance and time of flowering information.
DAFWA grain agronomy development officer Georgia Trainor said this year’s guide focused on the top 10 varieties grown in WA over the past season, as well as varieties important to certain regions and newly released varieties.
“It is interesting to see the fast rate of adoption of the variety Mace, which accounted for about 59 per cent of the area sown to wheat in 2014,” she said.
“Other popular varieties included Calingiri (10.8 per cent), Wyalkatchem (5 per cent), Yitpi (5 per cent) and Magenta (3.8 per cent) which round out the top five varieties.”
Ms Trainor said that as well as being a useful resource to guide the management of varieties grown this year, growers could use the publication to help plan variety decisions for 2016.
Decision support information in the publication is the result of research conducted by DAFWA under the GRDC-funded project ‘Wheat agronomy – building system profitability in the western region’.
Georgia Trainor, DAFWA
08 9690 2083, 0455 078 790
Natalie Lee, Cox Inall Communications
08 9864 2034, 0427 189 827
GRDC Project Code DAW00218