10 Jul 2018
A BUFF BARLEY FOR ACIDIC WA SOILS
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SOUTHERN NOODLE WHEAT TRIALS SHOW PROMISE
26 May 2018
PERTH CEREAL BREEDER EYES JAPANESE LINK IN SEARCH FOR UDON NOODLE'S HOLY GRAIL OF WHEAT
In March this year the acid soil tolerant barley variety Litmus was identified as expressing the blue aleurone trait, a blue colouring in the aleurone layer of barley grain.
InterGrain and Syngenta made the decision to release Litmus regardless of the blue aleurone discovery, so it could be trialled by growers in need of its acid tolerant trait and in the knowledge that marketing and receival options will be available for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons (Geraldton Port Zone only).
Due to the high levels of soil acidity in Western Australia, particularly in the Geraldton Port Zone, InterGrain and Syngenta have established a market development segregation at Geraldton for growers to deliver Malt 2 quality Litmus during the 2014/15 harvest.
InterGrain and Syngenta will monitor the quality of the grain as it is received and will adjust the specifications to maximise suitable deliveries into the segregation.
InterGrain CEO Tress Walmsley said the provision of the market development segregation by InterGrain and Syngenta represents their commitment to growers to work to provide a future for Litmus.
“We are investigating non-sensitive blue aleurone markets and preliminary feedback from international maltsters and brewers suggests that its physical grain and potential export malting quality characteristics are good,” Ms Walmsley said.
“However we need for this to be confirmed through the provision of large volumes of grain for further commercial scale testing.”
InterGrain and Syngenta have secured a grain marketer who will facilitate all Litmus grain purchases this harvest and who will help to identify potential non-sensitive blue aleurone markets.
“We will need grower support for the Geraldton segregation,” Ms Walmsley said. “If we have enough tonnes delivered to carry out the proposed market development activities this will help pave a way in the future for Litmus.”
“Litmus can be delivered within the Geraldton Port Zone during the 2015/16 as well.
“Therefore, InterGrain and Syngenta strongly encourage growers to retain as much seed as they can with the knowledge that feed delivery options will be available for next harvest. Litmus is eligible for farmer to farmer trading.”
While flexibility confirmation for Litmus deliveries has been received for the 2015/16 harvest in the Geraldton Port Zone, there will be no such option for growers in other Western Australian port zones.
InterGrain Barley Breeder David Moody said Litmus trials and the broadacre demonstrations facilitated by InterGrain and Syngenta have shown exceptional yield improvements over traditional barley varieties.
“Litmus has been performing similarly to wheat in the Geraldton Port Zone while providing another crop type for rotation, so this should be very encouraging for growers,” Mr Moody said.
More information about Litmus can be obtained by contacting InterGrain or Syngenta.