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Wheat trial proves a success

Andrew Higton from Patricia Downs, Tipton, was one of the first to trial new APH wheat Reliant.
Andrew Higton from Patricia Downs, Tipton, was one of the first to trial new APH wheat Reliant. Contributed

DARLING Downs grower Andrew Higton was one of several growers across the state involved in the successful production of seed for new wheat variety Reliant.

Reliant, bred by LongReach Plant Breeders and marketed by Advanta Seeds, is a mid-season variety classified Australian Prime Hard in Queensland and northern NSW. It is the best yielding APH in 1-5t/ha environments in these locations as shown in long-term trials.

Mr Higton, who farms at Tipton near Cecil Plains, said he received 2.1 tonnes of seed to bulk up last season in preparation for its commercial release in 2017.

"It was nice and even from the word go. The evenness of early vigour was most apparent,” Mr Higton said.

"We harvested 128t off the Reliant or 3.8t/ha, and it went 11.8% protein for a H2 classification and 3pc screenings.”

He said they received 173mm of growing season rainfall and 498mm for the year, which was down on their average of 630mm.

"The crop had a good start, a warmer than normal winter, followed by a tough finish.”

Mr Higton and his wife Sandy run 400-hectare property Patricia Downs, where the focus is on cotton.

Corn also fits in the summer program and wheat and beans are grown in winter.

He said he had two requirements of his wheat varieties - they must be high protein accumulators and they must fit a main-season sowing window.

Mr Higton began planting to 34ha in the first week of July using a Gyral air seeder on 23cm spacings at a rate of 62kg/ha.

Harvesting began at the end of November, with a positive finish overall.

Topics:  advanta seeds reliant wheat


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