The latest trials of a Graingene-bred water-efficient wheat variety have shown it has the potential to add millions of dollars to the value of the NSW wheat crop. In 12 independent field trials held across New South Wales in 2003, Drysdale wheat yielded an average of 23 per cent more grain than the current recommended variety Diamondbird, despite very dry conditions.
"If Drysdale was sown throughout southern and central New South Wales, it could add hundreds of millions of dollars to the average crop value," says CSIROs Dr Richard Richards. "Based on 2003 crop data, this could earn farmers over $100 per hectare extra income and mean the difference between a good or a bad year."
While these results demonstrated Drysdales performance in dry years, in further trials it has also consistently been one of the best varieties under irrigation.
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