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New WA barley variety released

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A WA industry consortium has released a new-generation barley variety offering strong malting rates in comparison to other competitors.

Building on the success of Spartacus CL, Maximus CL boasts improved yields, superior disease resistance and highly desirable physical grain qualities.

Tolerant to imidazolinone herbicides, the variety partners well with canola and creates more flexible and profitable crop rotations.

This early-to-mid-flowering variety also has improved resistance to spot form net blotch, net form net blotch and scale, and offers outstanding grain size and hectolitre weight to aid malt achievement.

The new entrant in the barley arena was bred by InterGrain, in which the WA Government is a major shareholder with the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

Maximus CL is currently being tested for malt accreditation and will be bulked up for a commercial release in 2021.

Source: WA Government