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Rosalind, the highest yielding barley variety nationally in the 2014 NVT, was officially launched by InterGrain Marketing Manager Ash Brooks at the Conservation Farmers Inc. Tulloona field day, near Moree in NSW on the 2nd September.
This broadly adapted, mid-season feed barley, formerly known by breeding code IGB1302, is a stand-out from the InterGrain program, with yields exceeding the national benchmark variety Hindmarsh.
Rosalind offers a solid disease resistance package including good leaf rust, powdery mildew and net form of net blotch resistance. In addition, Rosalind is characterised by moderate plant height and excellent straw strength and lodging resistance, a key advantage over some early and mid-maturing varieties.
Rosalind has a good grain package, with a similar grain size to Hindmarsh, and is considered a feed barley alternative to Compass, Commander, Oxford, Westminster, Shepherd and Gairdner.
According to Rosalind breeder, Dr David Tabah, Rosalind was bred to meet grower demand for yield and yield stability across a range of environments, a variety for all seasonal conditions.
“Rosalind provides growers with an exceptionally high yielding, mid-season feed barley, an ideal variety where growers are looking for sowing date flexibility, a variety which can be sown from early May to June, combined with a solid disease resistance package,” said Dr Tabah.
“Rosalind performs very well against Hindmarsh, La Trobe and Compass and has good straw strength and lodging resistance, coupled with a high level of pre-harvest sprouting tolerance, a definite advantage for growers during wet harvests and in high yielding environments”.
Dr Tabah explained that InterGrain’s naming convention for the mid-long season breeding program is based on ‘great women in science’. Rosalind has been named after Rosalind Franklin who was a British chemist best known for her role in the discovery of the structure of DNA and her pioneering use of X-ray crystallography.
Rosalind barley seed is available for sowing in 2016 and can be purchased from registered Syngenta Seedgro members or local resellers. For more information, please contact Ash Brooks on 0488 488 904 or visit the Rosalind website page: Rosalind barley