AgMemo - Grains news, December 2017

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2018 Barley Variety Sowing Guide now available 

Development officer Georgie Trainor crouching in a trial of barley.
The new barley variety guide provides growers with a number of options to consider for next season.

The 2018 Barley variety sowing guide for Western Australia is now available.

The guide includes a new section on best management agronomy to assist you to optimise production and profits, alongside updated information on existing and new lines.

It has been produced by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), with support from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

It draws on results from the department’s agronomy trials from across the Grainbelt, the GRDC’s National Variety Trials (NVT), and information from commercial breeders and agronomists.

The best management agronomy chapter can help you to cultivate the right barley variety in the right environment with appropriate management to meet market requirements.

It focuses on two key production drivers – grain protein management for malt barley and target plant densities for both malt and feed barley.

The guide provides updated details about current malt and feed barley varieties, as well as the new feed varieties LG Malstar and RGT Planet.

It also features variety yield comparisons, disease resistance ratings, herbicide tolerance data and an overview of the agronomic attributes of malt and feed varieties.

A selection of quick reference variety fact sheets on 17 malt and feed varieties are also included.

The 2018 Barley variety sowing guide for Western Australia is available on the department’s website.

Hard copies are being sent to subscribers to the GRDC’s GroundCover network magazine directly and can also be requested from department offices.

For more information contact Georgia Trainor, Development Officer, +61 (0)8 9690 2083.