By Linda Walters (BCG)
- Compass was the only variety to achieve Malt 1 (assuming Malt accreditation), at both BCG sites, in the dry finish.
- Compass, Hindmarsh, Fathom and La Trobe are varieties best suited to the Mallee and Wimmera. Compass and La Trobe, if granted Malt accreditation, are the obvious choices for the added premium.
- Currently, Malt accredited varieties are well behind feed varieties or those pending accreditation, in terms of yield. For those varieties to be more profitable, there would
need to be in excess of $130/t premium for Malt over Feed: growers should aim for yield.
With more barley varieties being released each year, growers need to consider a range of agronomic factors when choosing a new variety.
As part of the GRDC-funded ‘Southern region barley agronomy’ project, barley varieties were compared for their productivity and agronomic fit for the Wimmera and Mallee.
Trials were established in the Wimmera and Mallee to compare the performance of new and current barley varieties in the Wimmera and Mallee.
Compass, Fathom, La Trobe, Hindmarsh and Skipper have been standout performers (in BCG trials and the NVTs) over a number of years. Compass has proven adaptability in both the Mallee and Wimmera, and is a higher yielding replacement for Commander and Gairdner in the Wimmera, and Hindmarsh in the Mallee.
The stubble project – maintaining profitable farming systems in Victoria and Tasmania with retained stubble (project number BWD00024) is funded by the GRDC.