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New Rosalind barley offers yield stability

Gurley grower, Brad Jackson, with his brother Phil, his nephew Isaac & his father Peter
Gurley grower, Brad Jackson, with his brother Phil, his nephew Isaac & his father Peter

Gurley grain grower, Brad Jackson, had no idea what type of barley he would plant this year – until he won one tonne of Rosalind at the variety’s launch at the Tulloona Field Day in early September last year.

Having done his research, he’s now bought five more tonnes to sow around 500 acres this year, his entire barley crop, despite having not trialed it before.

"We’re not going in half-hearted,” he said.

The Gurley broad-acre grower crops around 1,600 hectares of wheat, canola, linseed and barley.

“We wanted to try a feed variety. We hadn’t decided what we would plant, but after winning the Rosalind, and seeing its performance at the field day, we liked what we saw.

“The National Variety Trials (NVT) demonstrated how well Rosalind has performed in terms of yield. It’s also got a good disease package and has good standability, which is important to us, so it stacks up pretty well.”

The decision to go for Rosalind, over previously grown varieties, was lodging resistance, said Mr Jackson.

“Lodging is a big issue for us. In our area, varieties with weak straw cause big yield penalties. You can have a good-looking crop but then end up with not much to show for it. We always chase yield.”

Rosalind, released commercially last year through a Syngenta-InterGrain collaboration, is a mid-maturing, high yielding, semi-dwarf (shorter plant height) barley and is the highest yielding, commercially available barley nationally, based on 2014 and 2015 NVT trials.

With a strong disease package, including effective resistance to Powdery Mildew, Net Form Net Blotch and Leaf Rust (pathotype dependent), it also provides good early vigour and has an erect plant type.

Rosalind has a short coleoptile and it is important that growers consider planting depths to achieve desired plant densities and optimal yield potential.

Syngenta Senior Territory Sales Manager, Andrew Dayas, said he expects many farmers in the area to be attracted to the strong yield performance of Rosalind.

“The NVT trials have put it right up there as the number one nationally in terms of yield, so if you’re looking for yield, yield stability and feed market opportunities, it is very appealing.

“The other big plus, especially for Northern NSW and Queensland areas, is that it’s a semi-dwarf variety. In a dry-land situation, it is going to assist with potential lodging issues, and with less biomass, it’s less likely to fall over.

“I expect that it’s going to be a popular variety this year and I’m looking forward to seeing it on farm, after such exceptional trial results.”

Rosalind is available for planting this season from your local reseller or registered Syngenta Seedgro members; Grainland, Moree NSW and Associated Grain, Dalby Qld.

For more information on Rosalind, please contact your local Syngenta Territory Sales Manager.