[ASC-media] Cosmic Set To Star as New InterGrain AH Wheat

Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Wed Aug 20 18:49:55 PDT 2014


InterGrain Media Release - August 21, 2014

 

Cosmic Set To Star as New InterGrain AH Wheat

 

Cosmic, a new Australian Hard wheat launched yesterday by leading Australian
cereal breeding company InterGrain, looks set to offer South Australian and
Victorian wheat growers a viable variety alternative to Mace, Correll,
Corack, Derrimut and Scout.

 

The high yielding, early to mid maturing wheat, formerly known as IGW3423,
has performed exceptionally well in InterGrain trials in the past few years
and in National Variety Trials (NVT) in 2013, with its yields equivalent to
Mace in SA. 

 

Cosmic offers strong stem rust (MR-MS) and moderate stripe rust resistance
(MS). It has an intermediate plant height, similar to Gladius.

 

Cosmic has a moderate grain size, similar to Yitpi and offers test weights
similar to Wyalkatchem.

 

According to InterGrain CEO, Tress Walmsley and InterGrain Marketing Manager
Ash Brooks, who jointly launched the new variety at the BCG Industry Field
Day in Horsham, Victoria, Cosmic extends InterGrain's wheat variety
portfolio reach in eastern Australia.

 

InterGrain Wheat East breeder and breeder of Cosmic, Chris Moore, said the
new variety gave Victorian and South Australian growers a high yielding,
early-mid season AH variety alternative for their programs and, with its
high yields, AH classification and effective yellow leaf spot resistance it
would be ideal for a first wheat following a canola, field pea or lentil
crop.

 

>From a SA perspective, Cosmic is yield competitive with Mace, which
currently comprises about half of SA's typical wheat plantings and it offers
growers another AH option to spread their varietal risk. 

 

According to Dr Moore, Cosmic will also provide growers with an alternative
to spread their disease risk due to its good stem and leaf rust resistance,
coupled with its useful stripe rust resistance. 

 

"For those growers, particularly in the southern Eyre Peninsula, Cosmic has
an MR-MS powdery mildew rating, which is also an advantage," he said. 

 

Although considered susceptible to cereal cyst nematode (CCN), Cosmic is an
effective varietal option when used within a well-managed rotation, through
the integration of CCN break crops and/or CCN resistant barley varieties,
such as La Trobe.

 

Richard Verner, who this year has sown 1500 hectares of his 1800ha farm at
Mallala, SA,  said Cosmic would give Mace, Gladius and Corack "a run for
their money, particularly in the  medium rainfall areas where higher protein
for AH premiums, lower rust risk  and good yellow leaf spot resistance  are
all hallmarks of a successful variety."

 

A farmer and seed grower, Mr Verner this year sowed 23ha to Cosmic on May 14
into medic pasture at 85kg/ ha, a little lower than the usual 90-100 kg/ha,
to allow a larger sowing area.

 

"Cosmic has kept pace with the season this year and looks on track for a
good yield, so I reckon it's written in the stars," Mr Verner quipped.

 

Cosmic seed is available for sowing in 2015 and can be purchased from
registered InterGrain Seedclub members or your local reseller. For more
information, please contact InterGrain, Tel 08 9419 8000 or visit the
website  <http://www.intergrain.com> www.intergrain.com 

 

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Authorised by InterGrain and issued on its behalf by Brendon Cant of BCA PR,
Mob 0417 930 536.

For more information, contact: Ash Brooks, Marketing Manager, InterGrain,
Mob 0488 488 904.

 

CosmosSALaunch.docx/AB190814

 

 

Brendon Cant

BCA PR Pty Ltd

PO Box 749

South Fremantle 

Western Australia 6162

Tel +61 8 9430 9463

Mob +61 417 930 536

 



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