As a high-yield, awnless winter wheat, Bennett offers farmers a versatile option for their operations. With an Australian Standard White (ASW) classification for South East and Southern Zones, Bennett boasts an excellent disease package and provides alternative herbicide control options compared to other forage crops. The optimal sowing time for Bennett ranges from mid-March to early May, allowing for flexible management based on the intended use.
Yield and Adaptability
Bennett showcases its performance and adaptability in graze and grain operations. The trial results indicate that the optimal sowing time for Bennett falls within the mid-March to early May window. Sowing early is recommended for situations that involve both grain production and grazing, with biomass management achieved through controlled grazing.
On the other hand, for non-graze situations where biomass accumulation needs to be managed, sowing Bennett later in the recommended window is advised. The variety’s ability to provide excellent biomass production for grazing, hay, and grain contributes to its versatility and suitability for different farming scenarios.
Bennett, as a full winter wheat, exhibits photoperiod sensitivity, resulting in a flowering window that typically occurs 7-10 days later than EGA Wedgetail. This characteristic reduces the risk of damage due to frost exposure, enhancing the resilience of the crop.
Additionally, Bennett demonstrates strong resistance to Yellow Leaf Spot (YLS), a significant disease concern in wheat production. This resistance contributes to the variety’s overall disease package, making it a reliable choice for farmers seeking improved disease management and yield protection.
Bennett Milling Wheat offers farmers a dual-purpose variety with high yield potential, adaptability to graze and grain or straight grain production, and an excellent disease package.
Its optimal sowing window, along with its biomass production capabilities and agronomic traits, make Bennett a valuable option for farmers in high and medium rainfall zones.
The variety’s breeding efforts targeted improved Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYDV) tolerance and YLS resistance, further emphasizing its suitability for winter wheat cultivation.