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FARM WEEKLY - 19th December 2013
Litmus an acid tolerant barley variety, developed by InterGrain, which is to be commercially available from Syngenta in 2014.
The Liebe Group has trialled the new barley variety at DAFWA's Wongan Hills Research Station, comparing Litmus to both Hindmarsh barley and Wyalkatchem wheat for a performance comparison with some exciting results (see table 1).
Litmus outperformed Hindmarsh in yield by 750kg/ha and was also found to have higher protein and lower screenings than Hindmarsh. Interest is high around this barley because of its tolerance to acid soils.
Low pH soils are one of the big issues in WA farming systems with many growers wanting to know how to manage the escalating acidity of their soils.
InterGrain reports Litmus as early maturing and shows excellent malting qualities and early vigour.
It is also reported to have moderate to high pre-harvest sprouting tolerance.
InterGrain is reportedly looking to commence malting and brewing trials on Litmus in 2014 to work towards achieving malting barley grade accreditation in 2016.
1: Average yield and quality results comparing Litmus barley to Hindmarsh barley and Wyalkatchem wheat sown at the Wongan Hills Research Station in 2013.