New Havoc wheat jumps from trial to 50% of program at Carnamah

The new wheat variety Havoc will make a substantial jump in hectares at
Allan Griffith’s Carnamah farm this season, going from a modest trial in 2018
to half the wheat program in 2019.

Mr Griffith, who grows wheat, barley and canola at the 2400-hectare
property, Dunromin, said the major increase was due to Havoc’s quick maturity
and high yield.

“We usually start dry seeding in May, as Havoc matures a week earlier
than Mace, which is ideal for us,” he said.

Mr Griffth obtained one tonne of Havoc seed to test against his
commercial varieties Mace and Chief.

The Havoc was seeded at a rate of 43kg per hectare over 23ha, while Mace
accounted for 70% of the crop and Chief 30%.

When they finished harvest in the first week of December, the results
were in – 75 tonnes were stripped off the Havoc plot for an average yield of
3.26t/ha. The Chief yielded 3t/ha and
Mace 2.8t/ha.

“Havoc was the highest yielder, had low screenings and was better to
handle due to its shorter canopy. We
were very happy with it, so this season’s program will be 50:50 Havoc and
Chief.

“We missed out on good September finishing rain, but with the yields up
and the price up, it was probably the best season on record for this area.”

The 75t of Havoc will be seeded to 700ha at 65kg/ha this season, with
the same allotted to Chief. Mace will be
stored as backup seed.

This year will be the 82nd for the Griffith family at Dunromin – a
property that was originally set up for livestock by Allan’s father Ernie in
1937.

Allan took over the farm when his father retired in 1976 and now focuses
solely on crops.

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

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