Darwin

High-yielding early-mid season variety. A strong grain package with large grain size & good test weight. Excellent standability and harvestability.

Benefits

  • Adapts time to maturity in response to the season
  • Wide planting window across medium rainfall zones of southern NSW and VIC
  • High yielding early-mid season variety
  • Strong grain package with large grain size, low screenings, good test weight
  • Excellent standability and harvestability, with excellent straw strength and lodging resistance
  • Australian Hard (AH) Classification in southern NSW, VIC and SA
  • Black point tolerance

Responds to Seasonal Conditions

When good seasonal conditions persist, Darwin has been observed to follow the season, extending its vegetative growing period and time to heading. Similarly, in seasons with tighter springs, Darwin has been observed to reduce its time to heading compared to other varieties.

Figure 1 shows Darwin’s response to different seasonal conditions with regard to heading time when compared to Yitpi. 2013 data shows the response to a softer season, with

Darwin similar to Derrimut, heading 2-3 days quicker than Yitpi. Whilst in 2014, a harder season, the data shows Darwin heading 5-7 days faster, more inline with Scout.

Breeding

Darwin (ADV03.0056) is product developed initially in New Zealand, before being imported though quarantine. The line was selected and extensively tested in Australia since 2008 and first entered NVT (National Variety Trials) testing in 2012.

Plant Type

Darwin is an early to mid season AH wheat which is suited to early to mid May sowing.

Darwin has a neat plant type with good standability; it retains its compact plant type under good growing conditions or irrigation, with excellent straw strength and lodging resistance. It performs well under irrigation and dryland conditions.

Darwin conveys a solid stripe rust package, being moderately resistant to all current pathotypes. However, it is susceptible to Septoria tritici and needs to be managed accordingly, where Septoria may be an issue.

Darwin exhibits low screenings and a large seed size which should be considered at planting.

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