After successful trial, Mingenew grower adopts Havoc for 2019 season

New wheat variety Havoc delivered amazing results to Mingenew farmer
Paul Kelly during a 2018 on-farm trial. He has now added Havoc
to his program this year.

Mr Kelly runs the 3106-hectare Edenvale Farms with his wife Sue and daughter
Rebecca, while his other daughters Tara and Shaina work off-farm.

He planted a four-variety wheat trial in addition to his regular
commercial crop, putting Havoc up against his regular varieties Scepter, Mace
and Ninja.

Each variety was sown to 11ha on their ‘Santa Fe’ property and each plot
measured 1.2km.

He said the results were interesting, with the newcomer performing the
best, the noodle wheat following next and one of his oldest varieties coming
last.

“Havoc won on the day, yielding an average of 1.92t/ha. Ninja went
1.81t/ha, Scepter went 1.68t/ha and Mace was 1.55t/ha.

“I harvested 24 tonnes off the Havoc, so I’ll keep it all for sowing
this season and later down the track I can trade it with other farmers or sell
it.

“It also had low screenings of two per cent and a good hectolitre weight
of 79.2, though the entire crop across all varieties was low for protein this
year.”

Mr Kelly said he plans to sow Havoc, Cobra and Scepter this year,
replacing Ninja with a different noodle variety.

“I like to have two or three wheats going at once ‚Äì I don’t like putting
all my eggs in one basket. If one variety fails due to rust or some other factor,
you have something to fall back on.”

The crop was sown on June 1 in a paddock out of lupins and was harvested
in late November.

He said while the season didn’t offer suitable rainfall, they were happy
to get all the grain off and see reasonable yields.

“It was sown on good country, but it was a funny year. At the end of
August, we thought we’d beat our big 2016 yield if we got 35mm of rain for
September, but we only received 10mm. By the end of the season we were down
80mm on our long-term average, but overall, we’re happy enough with the
season.”

Havoc is marketed by Pacific Seeds, bred by LongReach Plant Breeders and is now free to trade farmer-to-farmer.

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