Independent Variety Trials
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.
Harvest summaries are published for members as soon as the varieties are harvested in November-December each year and full results are published early in the following year to enable you to make key variety decisions.
If you are not a member you can join now online and visit the members area for the latest variety results.