South Australian growers are singing the praises of Kukri – a new hard quality wheat from AWB Seeds.
Kukri is currently classified AH, although according to AWB Seeds General Manager Peter Wilson, its unique milling characteristics may see the variety specially segregated in the future.
“It is rust resistant and can be grown successfully throughout the high protein producing areas of South Australia,” said Peter. “Growers across the state have been impressed by the improved yields, high protein and disease resistance of the new variety.”
For Richard Verner, a grain grower from Mallala, Kukri performed exceptionally well and yielded an average of 4.2 tonnes/ha with protein at 13.27%.
“I thought Yitpi was good, but Kukri is magnificent – I’m rapt,” said Richard.
Brett Wegner, from Callington, is another grower impressed by Kukri’s performance.
“Anything AH doesn’t yield as much around here, but Kukri seemed to do very well this past season,” he said in reference to his average yield of 3.8 tonnes/ha.
Brett was also pleased with Kukri’s low level of screenings of less than 1%.
“We’ve always had screenings problems, but we’re very happy with Kukri’s performance in this regard, particularly in comparison to Janz,” Brett said.
Growers are also enthusiastic about Kukri’s agronomic attributes.
Lyall Schulz of Maitland said that “Kukri had very good emergence, tillered well and was a very even crop”. “There was very little disease evident in the crop, particularly when compared to Frame, so we didn’t have to apply any fungicides at all,” Lyall said.
“Last year, we harvested 5 tonnes/ha at 12.5%, - the grain was well filled and a good size”.
Hartley Modra, who runs a 1700 ha property in Ungarra, South Australia, was also pleased with Kukri’s performance this past season.
“Kukri developed a beautiful broad leaf with a terrific rich green colour. It also had a lovely looking open head with good seed size and it yielded just under 4t/ha,” said Hartley.
For more information about Kukri and other AWB Seeds varieties, contact your local AWB Office, AWB Seeds Retailer or phone the AWB Grower Services Centre on 1800 054 433.