Development of improved oat varieties for hay production: National program IV


The National Oat Breeding Program has two nodes, the South Australian Research and Development Institute and the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia. The research and development objectives are to improve agronomic traits, disease resistance, and quality in hay varieties grown in southern Australia. With the changing climate, dry growing conditions, and the movement of oat hay production into traditional low rainfall regions, tolerance of hay oat varieties to dry conditions will be introduced as a breeding priority when funding is sufficient to do so. Hay produced from the improved varieties will be used in the export and domestic markets. Close interaction with the export and domestic hay industries will ensure the breeding priorities will result in varieties that meet their market requirements. Expected outcomes from this research will be improved oat varieties that are more productive in traditional and nontraditional oat growing regions that meet the needs of the export and domestic hay markets. Advanced breeding lines selected for variety release will be protected by PBR and AEXCO will have first option for commercialising the new varieties.


Export Fodder

Research Organisation

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development acting through the South Australian Research and Development Institute

Objective Summary

As part of the National oat Breeding Program improve oat varieties for export and domestic hay production. The national scope of the program will ensure oat hay varieties are adapted to the southern region of Australia. Industry interaction in the breeding program is essential for identifying breeding priorities for hay variety development.

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Project Start Date

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Project Completion Date

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Soil, water and managing natural resources

National Priority

FCR-Oaten Hay Breeding program


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Development of Improved Oat Varieties for Hay production: National Program IV