This RIRDC research continues the National Oat Breeding Program’s component of improving oat varieties for hay production. It summarise data from 2008 hay trials and selects and promote sadvanced breeding lines into 2009 trials. With the expansion of the export oat hay industry and a more discerning domestic market, there is an increased demand for oat hay varieties with adaptation across a wide range of environments and high quality. In order to provide growers, exporters, and consumers with the desired hay quality and quantity, oat variety development for hay end use is essential to maintain Australia’s competitive advantage.
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