Farming: Seed v weed

Greg Rebetzke, centre, works with Australian Grain Technologies breeders Russell Eastwood and Brett Irons at NSW DPI’s Yanco breeding nursery. 
Picture: CSIRO

Greg Rebetzke, centre, works with Australian Grain Technologies breeders Russell Eastwood and Brett Irons at NSW DPI’s Yanco breeding nursery. Picture: CSIRO

WHEAT growers are one step closer to using varieties that can compete better against weeds, particularly herbicide-resistant annual ryegrass.

The first weed-competitive wheat lines were delivered to commercial breeders in April for preliminary yield and quality testing.

If successful, these varieties, developed as a part of Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) investments, may be available to growers within five years.

The cost of weeds to Aust­ralian agriculture is estimated at $4 billion a year in crop yield losses and seed contamination alone.

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