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Croppa Creek grower says he has found 'the one'

Rosalind Barley
Harvesting Rosalind at ‘Graigue’, Croppa Creek NSW in late October, 2015.

Growers, Doug and Dan Makim, of Graigue Farming Partnership, Croppa Creek in northern New South Wales, say they have found “the one”, speaking of the new high yielding barley variety Rosalind.

Traditionally, they grow 850 hectares of barley varieties Oxford and Grout on their properties.

“We are always on the lookout for better performing feed barley varieties that will suit our cropping program, so we decided to trial a tonne of Rosalind for better yield,” Dan said.

Graigue Farming Partnership has hosted InterGrain’s barley varietal selection trials for the past five years so they’ve had the opportunity to preview varieties before commercial release.

“We had high expectations for Rosalind after seeing it perform well in the trials. It did not disappoint. I was very impressed by the high yield we got of 6.1 tonnes per hectare last season,” Dan said.

Rosalind, a new feed barley, was the highest yielding barley variety nationally in the 2014, and so far in the 2015, National Variety Trail (NVT) results with yields exceeding the national benchmark variety Hindmarsh.

Breeder, Dr David Tabah, said Rosalind had been developed as an alternative to Commander, Grout, Shepherd, Oxford, Compass and Granger, to meet grower demand for yield stability across a range of environmental and seasonal conditions. 

Dan traditionally sows in May and harvests late October.

“We had decent rainfall in 2015, with 50 millimetres falling towards the end of July, which really helped. We had a dry finish and wrapped up harvest in just over three weeks,” he said.

“We found Rosalind a breeze to harvest.

“Rosalind produced more straw per hectare than any of the other varieties we’ve grown before. The crop had very even head height with no lodging. It really made harvest a lot easier and faster compared to harvesting Oxford or Grout. We were able to harvest Rosalind at 9kms per hour – which was great.

“We were impressed with Rosalind’s strike, vigour and tillering capacity compared to our other varieties, and it definitely helped to increase the crop’s yield potential.

“It also had a good grain size and test weight, with screenings at one per cent, which was very pleasing,” he said.

“We will be replacing Grout with Rosalind in our cropping program. If the outlook is dry this season, it makes sense for us to plant 100 per cent Rosalind as it responds better in our area,” he said.

Rosalind barley seed is available for sowing in 2016 and can be purchased from registered Syngenta Seedgro members or local resellers. For more information, please contact your local Syngenta TSM or visit the InterGrain website