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With their mixed farming enterprise at Maitland and clients needing advice through their agronomy consultancy Team Wiss Pty Ltd, South Australian farmers Craig and Cindy Wissell have extra imperative to trial new high yielding and robust disease resistant varieties.
“Eventually everything moves on so it is very important to keep an eye on what’s out there and get the likely new types into the paddock to get a look at them before moving them into larger scale,” said Mr Wissell.
“My experience is that, along with the NVT and local trial work data, you need a number of seasons growing a variety to get a real feel for it and understand its strengths and weaknesses.
“That’s why we are keen to get new lines onto our farm and get firsthand working knowledge that we can take to our clients,” Mr Wissell said.
After a good deal of research the Wissell’s decided to trial Cosmick, a new high-yielding mid-season alternative to Mace, Scout, Gladius, Corack and Wyalkatchem, launched in 2014 by cereal breeding company InterGrain.
Cosmick, a derivative of EGA Bonnie Rock (WA variety) and Strzelecki (QLD variety), offers genetic diversity in a wheat variety landscape dominated by Wyalkatchem type backgrounds, an effective disease resistance package and an AH classification for South Australia and Victoria.
“There are some good long and short season wheat types available but if a wheat has seasonal adaptability like Cosmick, it fits well within most farming systems and therefore has the potential to be widely adopted,” said Mr Wissell.
After spreading the paddock with 3t/ha of chicken manure and 250kg/ha of Sulfate of Ammonia, the Wissell’s sowed 11ha of Cosmick to bulk-up at 90kg/ha towards the end of May, with 100kg/ha of MAP at seeding. Since sowing, 50kg/ha of Urea has been spread with Sakura applied as a pre-emergent and Ally plus MCPA LVE early post emergence for broad leaf weed control.
With Cosmick offering an MS rating for stripe rust and MR-MS for yellow leaf spot, Mr Wissell has not committed to a preventative fungicide program, instead adopting a wait and see approach to rust management.
“There was grower commentary that Cosmick remained clean last season and given the genetic diversity of the parentage we believe this is a sound strategy for our first year with Cosmick,” said Mr Wissell.
“The stripe rust rating of MS means we can’t really be complacent, but it still offers more resistance than many other widely grown wheat types which require constant vigilance and preventative control strategies,” he said.
“We have noticed a fair bit of Yellow Leaf Spot around this year but so far the Cosmick has remained free of this disease.
The Wissell’s intend to keep Cosmick’s moderately susceptible CCN rating under control by rotational management with break crops like pulses and canola.
“Where wheat on wheat is being considered, and the MS rating would give Cosmick an advantage over other varieties, we would be encouraging growers to carry out PreDicta B tests to check the CCN status of the paddock as well as looking at other root diseases,” said Mr Wissell.
If an average spring is achieved, Mr Wissell said the Cosmick crop is on track to perform to expectation at harvest, with no concerns about lodging, threshing or quality expected.