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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