Two wheats take off

Two new wheats from NSW Agriculture, Diamondbird and Snipe, should be of particular interest to growers with acid soils or on irrigation.

NSW Agriculture Director- General, Kevin Sheridan, said Diamondbird outyields Dollarbird and Janz without compromising protein levels, and will fall into the Australian Hard classification.

It also is resistant to current rust strains and Septoria tritici blotch, and could be suitable for noodles.

Snipe, the second new release, is a soft biscuit variety. Dr Sheridan said it is superior in quality to Triller which is grown across the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area.

He said Snipe offers an early sowing option for biscuit wheat growers and is resistant to current strains of rust.

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