Improved oat varieties for hay production 18-19 (extn PRJ-007615)


This project continues the research from PRJ007615, Improved oat varieties for hay production: national program IV. The National Oat Breeding Program (NOBP) develops improved hay and grain varieties for southern Australia. This research project focuses on the continuation of the hay component of the NOBP that aims to increase productivity, disease resistance and hay quality. The program works closely with the whole value chain represented by growers, industry, marketers, and consumers to ensure breeding priorities reflect their needs and new varieties meet their requirements. The NOBP is centralised at SARDI with a node at DAFWA. Due to different production constraints in eastern and western Australia, breeding lines are selected in the two regions. Agronomic and disease reactions are evaluated at four sites in South Australia (SA), four sites in Western Australia (WA), and two sites in Victoria (VIC). Dry matter production and hay quality are evaluated for stage 4 trials at three sites in SA, three sites in WA, and two sites in VIC. Stage 2 and stage 3 hay trials are cut for hay yield and quality at Turretfield Research Centre, (TRC). The decision to release a new variety is based on two criteria, the advanced breeding line has improved features and will replace a current variety or it offers new options to a link in the value chain. AEXCO commercialises new varieties from the program.


Export Fodder

Research Organisation

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

Objective Summary

1. Increase the level of genetic diversity in the program and the development of early generation breeding populations 2. Evaluate advanced generation breeding lines in stage 1, stage 2, stage 3 and stage 4 trials in SA and WA. Cut hay in S2, S3, S4 hay trail

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Project Start Date

Monday, August 6, 2018

Project Completion Date

Friday, May 31, 2019

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

FCR-Oaten Hay Breeding program