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With a great start to the season playing out across the state, growers have had the opportunity to take stock and assess what’s working within their program and what new varietal options can be incorporated.
For Bruce Rock farmer John Chapman, it’s a good time to be reviewing his crop and livestock program on properties around the Ardath, Babakin and Shackleton area.
“This year we have approximately 3000ha of wheat, 1000 ha of barley (Scope and Spartacus bulk up), 600ha GM canola, 750ha TT canola, 220 ha lupins, 80ha chickpeas and 120 ha of oats,” said Mr Chapman.
With his farm in a prime WA noodle growing region, Mr Chapman was keen to trial InterGrain’s new noodle variety, currently known as IGW8027 which has been strongly supported by international market development.
“Noodles have been a part of our farm for many years. With the ability to optimise protein on Loadnet in the CBH system, hitting the noodle window has recently become easier.”
“We tend to be happier to have a go with a bit more nitrogen as is it is easier to blend by averaging our loads rather than trying to do it on farm.”
This year Mr Chapman has planted approximately a third of his wheat program to noodles with Zen being the predominant, after pleasing yields of 2.6t/ha in its bulk up year of 2015 he had no hesitation in retaining.
“We tried Zen with a view to replace Calingiri because it has better disease resistance, higher trial yields and can still be sown early like Calingiri.”
“This is our first year with larger scale Zen plantings and at this stage it looks good. Harvest will tell the story but I expect Zen will replace Calingiri on our farm going forward.”
With a likely phasing out of Calingiri for Zen, Mr Chapman is now keen to explore whether an opportunity exists for a new complementary noodle to be included within his suite of varieties. He was therefore interested to trial new mid-season noodle, IGW8027, this year with a view to increase his options and complement Zen.
“We were offered some IGW8027 to try. In late break years, after mid-May, we expect Mace to beat Calingiri and even Zen for yield, so a noodle with yields exceeding Mace really interests us.”
“So far it’s looking really good and we’ve been pleased with its early vigour and have sown it along-side Mace.”
“To have a main-season noodle in the silos seems better than having wall to wall Mace,” says Mr Chapman.
Developed by InterGrain, IGW8027, the new exceptionally high yielding, mid-season noodle is a derivative of Calingiri and Wyalkatchem.
InterGrain Wheat Breeder Dan Mullan says, “InterGrain and NVT trials have shown it to be the highest-yielding noodle wheat ever bred, out-yielding Mace by five to six per cent.”
“It also offers other significant advantages including improved noodle quality characteristics over Calingiri, good grain size and a robust disease profile, particularly against yellow spot, suiting wheat on wheat programs.”
“As a seasonal alternative to Zen, IGW8027 is expected to be popular with growers across WA’s noodle growing region.”
IGW8027 will be officially released in late August.
For more information contact Kynan Jackson 0427 855 059 or email@example.com or visit the website www.intergrain.com