Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Wed Oct 25 05:08:53 CEST 2006

Crop Doctor 



WA's newest barley variety, the adaptable and plump-grained Vlamingh, has
received the nod from the Western Region Barley Council to receive malting
barley status in 2007.


With fat grains being so well liked by maltsters, Vlamingh will make a
splash with brewers and help fill the beer glasses of the world's beer
drinkers, while growing the state's robust barley industry.


WA accounted for 33 per cent of the national barley crop in 2004-05, with
barley and malt exports totalling $513 million. The 2.4 million tonnes
harvested that year represented a 20 per cent jump over the five year


Vlamingh breeder, Chengdao Li of the Department of Agriculture and Food,
hopes Vlamingh will continue to boost WA's thriving malting barley industry.


The Grains Research and Development Corporation supported the development of
Vlamingh, regarded as an all-terrain grain suited to five of WA's six 'ag


Dr Li hopes barley becomes a viable option across even more of the state,
with such a broadly suited malting variety as Vlamingh.


He estimates it will yield, on average, 12 per cent more than incumbent
malting varieties Stirling and Hamelin. In good barley growing areas, where
yields of two tonnes per hectare or more are common, Vlamingh will yield
even better.


Although at its best in medium to high rainfall areas, Vlamingh's durability
is best illustrated by its performance on alkaline duplex soils, where
although it showed boron toxic spots, it still outstripped Schooner in an
economic analysis.


Vlamingh is more resistant to scald, net-type net blotch and barley leaf
rust than Stirling, Hamelin and Baudin and more resistant to scald and
barley leaf rust than Gairdner and is therefore regarded as grower friendly



The Crop Doctor is GRDC Managing Director, Peter Reading, Tel 02 6272 5525

Further Information: Dr Chengdao Li, Tel 08 9368 3843

GRDC REF: CDOct064.doc/DAW00045/Angus

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