Nuseed adds on-farm testing for new varieties
April 4, 2016
Nuseed adds on-farm testing for new varieties
Nuseed is establishing dozens of commercial scale trials to test the performance of a range of new canola and sorghum hybrid seed varieties on farm.
The national Crop Agronomy Trial (CAT) program will give growers the opportunity to see how new hybrids perform in their growing conditions before they are commercially released.
Nuseed is working closely with resellers and agronomists to select growers to trial the latest varieties and those still in development in large-scale plots next to existing Nuseed varieties or competitor varieties of similar maturity.
Hugh Trenorden, Area Sales Manager for Nuseed for northern Western Australia, said the CAT program recognised that local, on-farm trials often gave growers the best information about the performance of seed varieties in their area.
He said Nuseed was adding the comprehensive on-farm demonstration trial program to its existing trial and development program and would continue to be involved in the National Variety Trials (NVT).
“This is a great opportunity for growers to obtain up-to-date varietal information about yield and other crop characteristics and assess how the latest Nuseed technology performs in their own backyard,” Mr Trenorden said.
“We will be measuring and recording key information like sowing rates and dates, inputs and seasonal conditions, the condition of the crop during the season and the yield and grain quality at harvest.”
He said growers would be able to use the information to compare the profitability of different seed varieties.
In Western Australia, the CAT program will focus on hybrid Roundup Ready canola varieties in 2016.
Rob Christie, Nuseed’s Area Sales Manager for Victoria and South Australia, said the CAT trials would collect valuable information to add to findings from Nuseed’s extensive three stage development process and NVT work to further validate the benefits of new varieties.
He explained the Nuseed R & D process involved three stages of commercial trial work before varieties were submitted to the NVT program for two years of testing.
“Now we’re adding the CAT program as well in the final year of NVT testing to build our knowledge of how new varieties perform in a range of local growing conditions,” he said.
Mr Christie said the Nuseed CAT program would deliver meaningful, decision-making information to more growers.
“Instead of just making a gesture with an individual grower by giving them some seed to try, the CAT program means the results of each on-farm demonstration will be shared with local growers so everyone can benefit,” he said.
Early CAT sites have already been established in Victoria and South Australia this year and are about to be harvested. They include triazine tolerant canola varieties, Bonito and Stingray, two monola varieties and Diamond, the conventional hybrid canola, being compared with Garnet and Zircon.
Tim English, Market Development Manager for Nuseed in Queensland summer crops, said he was planning field days for growers and agronomists on several properties hosting CAT demonstrations this summer.
“We have already established CAT sites for four new hybrid sorghum varieties this season,” he said.
“It’s a stage beyond trials, but before commercial release,” he said.
“More than anything, it gives growers a sneak peek at new varieties of seed before they are commercially released so they can be more confident about how they will perform locally.”
Andrew Loorham, Commercial Manager with Nuseed said the company was dedicated to producing quality seeds that enhance food and feed value and deliver value to customers and create opportunities throughout the entire value chain.
“Our research and development team combines global expertise with a deep understanding of regional needs to provide seeds that perform locally,” he said.
“Collaborating with Australian growers under the CAT program will help Nuseed continue to deliver high performing products with the characteristics growers need while capitalising on emerging market opportunities.”
Nuseed’s CAT program includes canola, sunflowers and sorghum and will continue throughout 2016 and beyond in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and southern Queensland.
Rob Christie says Nuseed’s new Crop Agronomy Trial program will give more growers better local information about new seed varieties.
Hugh Trenorden says Nuseed’s Crop Agronomy Trial program in Western Australia is giving growers more local crop performance information and helping with profitability comparisons.