M L. Poole

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Grains and field crops


The Mexican semi-dwarf wheat varieties have performed very well under high fertility conditions overseas. There is considerable evidence that they have greater potential for yield than the Australia spring varieties because of greater number of flowers set per spikelet. In this trial Falcon and Pitic were grown under almost optimal conditions for dryland wheat growing in Western Australia. The trial was planted early (21st May) into a completely weed free seedbed. Nutrition was near optimal. Seasonal conditions were near perfect. Grain yields were extremely high for Western Australia. Pities reputed superior potential for yield/unit area was not expressed under these conditions, although it is unlikely that they would pe expressed under less optimal conditions. In addition Pitic lodged much more severely than Falcon in this trial. The Mexican semi-dwarfs have notoriously poor protein levels and dough characteristics. This trial suggests that the Mexican semi-dwarf wheat varieties are unlikely to be superior to existing Australian varieties in Western Australia. (69MT26 - 69WH14 - 69MT13)

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Western Australia, Crop establishment, Variety trials, Wheat.