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InterGrain’s Dan Mullan bred the company’s newest wheat, Chief CL Plus and named it.
While breeders sometimes do get ‘naming rights’, it doesn’t always come their way.
As Dr Mullan explains it, he pushed InterGrain CEO Tress Walmsley for the name of the Clearfield® APW wheat, trialed as IGW6089, because he was confident it would be “the leader in its field”.
InterGrain WA Territory Manager, Kynan Jackson, launched Chief CL Plus yesterday at Gary Butcher’s Nugadong farm on Great Northern Highway, half way between Dalwallinu and Wubin, as part of Liebe Group’s 2016 spring field day.
According to Mr Jackson, InterGrain has been trialing Chief CL Plus within its program and National Variety Trials for several years and excitedly watching its performance due to its exceptional yield potential.
Current yield data indicates Chief CL Plus is on average 12 per cent higher yielding than Justica CL Plus and, on average, 1-2 per cent higher yielding than Mace across WA.
“We’ve also recently received an APW classification in WA for Chief CL Plus, which is very exciting news for growers who now have this new Clearfield® Plus wheat available and it’s so well rated,” he said.
Chief CL Plus is a mid-maturing line which can be sown slightly earlier than Mace and it has excellent yellow spot resistance, coupled with a very effective disease resistance package.
Dr Mullan believes that with Chief CL Plus rated MR, the highest available yellow spot resistance rating currently given to varieties, the new InterGrain wheat is “the yellow spot chief”.
“Historically, Clearfield® Plus lines have been very poor for yellow spot and while growers have cleaned up weeds, they haven’t had access to good yellow spot resistant varieties, with the exception of InterGrain’s Impress CL Plus. Having Chief CL Plus solves both problems as it leads the market in this resistance in terms of recent releases,” he said.
“Clearfield® wheats have, in the past, been inferior yielding to conventional wheats, therefore limiting their uptake.
“However, Chief CL Plus signals a yield benchmark changer, while offering growers an excellent varietal option in its own right and the bonus luxury of Intervix® tolerance.
“Chief CL Plus is exciting because it’s performed and yielded so consistently well across WA’s ag-zones,” Dr Mullan said.
The advantage of a mid-maturing wheat with Clearfield® Plus tolerance is that it can be sown early or even dry sown, with the added subsequent convenience of cleaning up weeds, including problem grasses such as brome, later in the program.
A Clearfield® Plus wheat, such as InterGrain’s Chief CL Plus, also means growers don’t have to worry about residue issues from previous imidazolinone tolerant barley or canola that may still be in the system.
Chief CL Plus also has very good grain size (similar to Wyalkatchem) and this is highly advantageous if dry spring conditions prevail.
Chief CL Plus is slightly longer maturing than Mace and its ideal sowing window is early to late May.
In summary, the key features of Chief CL Plus are:
· Highest yielding Clearfield® Plus wheat in WA
· On average 12 per cent higher yielding than Justica CL Plus
· Mid-season maturity and APW classification
· Excellent disease resistance package, superior yellow spot resistance
· Registered for label rate applications of Intervix® herbicide
· Available for planting in 2017
Seed is available for planting in 2017. For more information, contact Kynan Jackson, Mob 0427 855 059 or Email email@example.com