InterGrain’s new high yielding, quick-mid maturing wheat, Jillaroo , is ready to work in paddocks across northern New South Wales and southern Queensland following recent receipt of an Australian Hard# (AH) classification for the northern Wheat Quality Australia Zone.
According to InterGrain National Wheat Breeder, Dan Mullan, Jillaroo ’s launch highlights InterGrain’s recent and ever-expanding cereal breeding investment into Australia’s northern cropping region.
“Jillaroo ’s release reflects the focus the InterGrain wheat breeding program has placed on delivering high yielding, well adapted varieties that meet the agronomic needs and quality expectations of growers in the northern New South Wales and Queensland wheat producing regions,” Dan said.
InterGrain’s Queensland-based Northern region Territory Manager Matt Naumann said Jillaroo has shown very good yield potential in the main season sowing window and is broadly adapted across the region, yielding competitively with other top performing quick to quick-mid maturing wheats*.
“We will be releasing Jillaroo with limited tonnages this season, and will have small quantities available for paddock, local reseller and grower group trials,” Matt said.
The 2022 winter crop season is shaping up nicely, according to Matt, with good moisture profiles across most of southern Queensland and northern New South Wales.
“With Jillaroo ’s quick-mid maturity, we would recommend sowing from mid-May onwards, and with current moisture profiles, there’s also potential for growers to double crop their 2021-22 summer ground with a late sown wheat if prices remain favourable and we receive good planting rains in June/July,” Matt explained.
Jillaroo is a high yielding, quick-mid maturing AH wheat#, quicker maturing than LRPB Mustang and slightly longer than InterGrain’s Vixen .
Jillaroo performed exceptionally well in the National Variety Trials (NVT) in 2021, delivering a yield advantage of 7%* compared to LRPB Mustang in northern New South Wales and 6%** in southern Queensland, highlighting the variety’s adaptability within those regions. The variety also has a promising quality profile, with potential for a future Australian Prime Hard (APH) classification.
Very compact, Jillaroo has a moderate plant height, with a different plant architecture in comparison to other commonly grown varieties in the region.
Along with excellent yield, Jillaroo has an adequate disease resistance package, good yellow leaf spot resistance, good test weight and offers an adequate grain size, reducing screening risks.
“We anticipate seeing Jillaroo profitably integrated across northern farming systems over the next few seasons and look forward to grower feedback on the variety’s paddock performance,” Jillaroo breeder Dan Mullan said.
Very limited quantities of Jillaroo are available for planting in 2022.
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has AH classification in the Northern (NNSW/QLD) and Southern (SA/VIC) zones.
*Based on 2017-21 Northern NSW Long-term predicted main season % Yield performance, average of 2017-21 yield environment results.
**Based on 2017-21 Southern QLD Long-term predicted main season % Yield performance, average of 2017-21 yield environment results.