AUSTRALIAN Technologies’ (AGT) popular Coolah wheat variety has received Australian Prime Hard (APH) classification for the coming 2017 season, a move which will be welcomed by southern NSW growers.
Previously an Australian Hard (AH) wheat in this region, Coolah is a higher yielding and more disease resistant alternative to the popular variety EGA Gregory.
Coolah has excellent stem, stripe and leaf rust resistance and broad adaptation. It performs well in all soil types including acid soils, producing low screenings and high test weights, and has lower likelihood of lodging than EGA Gregory.
“Coolah’s improved lodging resistance and shorter plant height over EGA Gregory may aid in improving harvest speeds whilst reducing the risk of grain losses associated with a lodged crop,” AGT technical advisor, James Whiteley, said.
“With the change of classification, this variety now has the ability to tick all of the boxes for growers looking to change from EGA Gregory to Coolah.”
The classification of Coolah from AH to APH will allow farmers to potentially receive an additional $15-25 per tonne on average for their grain come harvest time.
Combined with a 6-8 per cent yield increase and improved disease resistance in comparison to EGA Gregory, farmers who grow Coolah are looking at a significantly more profitable investment again this season.
Coolah seed is still available from AGT affiliates and is suited to planting at the end of April through to the beginning of May.
Source: AGT, www.agtbreeding.com.au