Independent Variety Trials
About the Project
The variety trials are comparative crop variety testing with standardised trial management, data generation and collection to provide meaningful results for growers.
Irrigation provides a unique environment that allows high yields to be targeted. However most varieties are developed and tested under dryland conditions.
In order to perform under irrigated conditions, a variety should the following characteristics:
- High yield potential
- Maturity that matches sowing date and the optimal grain filling period (avoiding frost at flowering but also avoiding high temperatures during grain filling)
- High tolerance to crop lodging
- Waterlogging tolerance
- Good disease tolerance/rating, although a disease management plan can address some shortfalls
The decision was made to separate the early maturing (or early season) varieties from the main trial, and to sow them at a more appropriate time that suited their maturity.
Variety trials in 2023 include:
27 Canola Varieties
32 Wheat Varieties
(short, main and long season)
10 Barley Varieties
8 Faba Beans Varieties
With thanks to Pacific Seeds, Pioneer Seeds, AGT, BASF, Seedforce, AGT, University of Adelaide, NuSeed, Intergrain, Longreach and SeedNet