[ASC-media] GRAIN VARIETIES ON TRIAL in WA: GRDC media release

Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Thu Aug 24 04:34:52 CEST 2006

GRDC Media Release -- 24.8.06



WA graingrowers and advisors can access vital new independent crop
information as more results from the 2005 National Variety Trial (NVT)
harvest go online.

The NVT is a national approach to variety evaluation, generating consistent
and unbiased information for growers about newly released varieties.

More than 500 trials were planted at 250 sites across Australia last year as
part of the first NVT harvest, which included more than 70 sites across the
WA grainbelt from Northampton to Esperance.

The NVT system in WA is a partnership arrangement between the Grains
Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and the Department of
Agriculture and Food (DAFWA).

GRDC has contracted a private operator to conduct the wheat and canola
evaluations, while DAFWA fund and evaluate barley, triticale, lupins, field
peas, chickpeas and faba beans.

NVT Manager, Alan Bedggood said increased commercial involvement in wheat
variety breeding in the past three years had led to a demand for independent

Potential new varieties were evaluated before commercialisation so that
information was accessible as soon as they became commercially available to

"Growers will be able to compare how the new varieties performed in their
areas and make informed commercial decisions on what seed they then buy and
plant," Mr Bedggood said.

He said WA trials last year included a range of new WA varieties and a
number of eastern states varieties released for 2006.

New wheat varieties trialled in WA last year, as part of the NVTs, were
Bullaring, Carinya, Sentinel and Young, while new barley varieties trialled
were Buloke, Fitzroy, Flagship, Fleet, Grout, Vertess, Vlamingh and Yarra.

New canola varieties trialled were ATR Banjo, ATR Summitt, AV Jade, AV Opal,
AV Ruby, Boomer, Bravo TT, Hyola45, Hyola75, Pioneer44Y06, Pioneer45Y77 and

Mr Bedggood said these varieties would be compared with other commercial
varieties in this year's trials

Growers can log onto HYPERLINK
"http://www.nvtonline.com.au/"www.nvtonline.com.au and view comprehensive
reports on the trials. The sites and results can also be found on a
map-based search that enables growers to find what trials were in their
area. Growers can also access results from similar trials across Australia.


Authorised by GRDC and issued on its behalf by Brendon Cant & Associates,
Tel 08 9384 1122

MEDIA CONTACT: Alan Bedggood, Tel 03 5382 7200

GRDC REF: NVT.doc/ ACAS001/Betzner


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