AWB Seeds has bolstered its grain variety offering to NSW grain growers, with the launch of two new wheat varieties, and a field pea variety for planting in 2003.
The new varieties, launched at a field day today in Wagga Wagga, will offer growers unique agronomic traits, and provide three valuable and flexible options for future winter plantings.
AWB Seeds National Manager Denis McGrath said the new additions to AWB Seeds’ variety range were wheat varieties Drysdale and EGA Wedgetail, and the new field pea variety Kaspa.
Mr McGrath said Drysdale was the result of a world first development by CSIRO Plant Industry in collaboration with its joint venture company Graingene and support from NSW Agriculture.
"A unique feature of Drysdale is its water use efficiency. In trials in southern NSW last harvest it demonstrated an ability to significantly increase grain yields in drought-affected areas," Mr McGrath said.
"Drysdale also has a high resistance to all the major wheat diseases, a high tolerance to acid soils and has excellent quality and end-use characteristics," Mr McGrath said.
Drysdale is a short season wheat variety, which has been classified as AH in southern NSW.
The second wheat variety - EGA Wedgetail - is a dual-purpose wheat that is also suitable to acidic soils types, with good grain size and resistance to stem and stripe rust.
The variety has been classified as APH in southern NSW, with an AH classification in northern areas of the state.
"EGA Wedgetail is the only Prime Hard (APH) winter wheat, and is suitable for early sowings," Mr McGrath said.
"Its maturity and winter growth makes EGA Wedgetail suitable for early winter grazing, and as such it is dual purpose and offers increased agronomic flexibility," Mr McGrath said.
The variety was bred by NSW Agriculture with support from Enterprise Grain Australia (EGA) and the Grains Research and Development Corporation.
AWB’s new high yielding, shatter resistant field pea variety Kaspa was released in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment and NSW Agriculture.
The new variety was a broadly adapted dun type field pea, suited to Australia’s south eastern cropping regions.
"Kaspa is the first Australian field pea with the sugar pod trait, which infers shatter resistance in the variety and reduces grain loss at harvest time," Mr McGrath said.
"Kaspa also has the highest or equal highest long term experimental yield of all dun pea varieties across Victoria, South Australia and southern New South Wales," Mr McGrath said.
The variety produces a medium size, round and smooth seed suitable for both human consumption and stock feed markets.
"Kaspa generally stands better than conventional trailing dun types and with its excellent vigour and shatter resistance, harvesting the variety is significantly easier," Mr McGrath said.
AWB General Manager Grain Technology Andrew McConville said the three new varieties would offer unique agronomic advantages to NSW growers, and further developed the range of varieties offered by AWB Seeds.
"AWB Seeds is focused on delivering the best varieties, and mix of varieties, that are good for Australian grain growers, and the Australian grain industry," Mr McConville said.
For more information and details on registered AWB seed distributors, call AWB Seeds on 1800 054 433.