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Nukarni growers Pep and Jules Alvaro were the lucky winners of a $1000 Flight Centre travel voucher after recently winning the InterGrain WA Magenta farmer to farmer seed trade competition.
InterGrain launched the Magenta seed trade competition earlier in the year following another solid performance in 2013 by the variety, which enjoyed the long growing season.
Jules and Pep were thrilled to receive the gift and are already planning possible destinations to holiday at later in the year.
The Alvaro’s have successfully grown Magenta for a number of years now and know exactly how and where the variety fits into their program.
Pep says that they strategically use Magenta as their early sowing option on their sandier textured soil types.
“We haven’t had any other variety yield as well as Magenta on this dirt.” And in his words, “It gets up and boogies!”
Pep accredited this to Magenta’s excellent early vigour and possible acid soil tolerance.
“Once Magenta is established it has an outstanding ability to out-compete the weeds, which is especially important for ryegrass management.”
Magenta’s strong Yellow Leaf Spot (MR) and Septoria Nodorum (MR-MS) disease resistance was also noted as a real benefit in their farming system.
“In 2011, a wet year, we had to spray a lot of other varieties but we didn’t have to touch Magenta at all which was a real time and cost saving.”
Pep also commented on the importance of having a diverse variety portfolio that provides seasonal flexibility.
“We need to grab hold of our seeding opportunities when they arise out here, and that means making sure we’ve got different maturing varieties to suit different seasons.”
The Alvaro’s are also trialling InterGrain’s new Harper wheat in 2014, a Yitpi alternative, with the intention that it will become their early sowing option on heavier textured soils.
Pep said he’s very happy with how well Magenta and Harper have established with the welcome open season rains. Both look very promising so far and hopefully they get some follow-up rains soon to maintain their high yield potential.
InterGrain would like to congratulate the Alvaro’s on their win and thank all Magenta growers for their continued support this year and wish everyone the best of luck for the season.
InterGrain was the original cereal breeding company to introduce farmer to farmer trading and strongly encourages growers to trade excess Magenta, Emu Rock, Wyalkatchem and Harper seed this harvest.