Wakanui Luisetti Feed Wheat Range

Sowing

WAKANUI is a late maturing winter wheat. Yield potential will be enhanced by early sowing from mid-April. It matures 4-6 days later than Option. Medium feed wheat sowing rates are recommended (seed size is medium to good and it has good tillering ability)

Very High Yield Potential

WAKANUI is consistently the highest yielding wheat in 3 yrs of CFR and CPT1 trials and performs at its best under medium to high inputs of fungicides/insecticides and PGR’s , nitrogen and water. It is the top yielder in any feed wheat trial sown until mid-June under medium to high management.

Grading Values

WAKANUI produces good grading figures with a good test weight, medium to high seed wt, low screenings, medium falling number values and good proteins.

Disease Tolerance

WAKANUI will need protection from BYDV, seedling stripe rust and adult leaf rust. It has good tolerance to all other diseases. See the following minimum recommendations;

Autumn – insecticide protection is recommended.

Mid to late tillering – 250 mls Opus to prevent seedling stripe rust, (include an insecticide).

Consult with your Luisetti/AGC representative for seasonal specific husbandry information after this but expect to apply two strobilurin fungicides.

Straw Strength

WAKANUI is taller than most feed wheats but has good straw strength(e.g. 110% of Option)

Apply a medium to high rate PGR to all crops. Use a minimum of 1.5 l/ha Cycocel + 200mls/ha Moddus at GS 30-31 (32 if missed) – consider split timing in 12-15 tonne crops.

Nitrogen

Standard feed wheat strategy is recommended. WAKANUI is an approximately 3-4 days later developing to flowering than most European feed wheats, so all development times will be marginally later.

Irrigation

WAKANUI has a very long grain fill period so late watering will support well managed high yielding crops to achieve their full potential.

Harvesting

WAKANUI is easy to harvest. It should be harvested promptly to ensure grain quality and falling numbers are maintained. It is a soft wheat with biscuit wheat like texture.

Trial Results Confirm Top Yield Expectations

05/06 Canterbury PFR results (2 site mean, irrigated and dry land)

– Canterbury, May sown, farmer management (tough year – bad BYDV season)

– (no grading data available)

Rel. Yield
WAKANUI 112
Option 107

06/07 Canterbury CPT1 results (4 site mean, irrigated and dry land)

– April/May sown, farmer management (good finish year – cool, wet Nov/Dec)

Rel. Yield Test Tw Seed Wt Screenings Protein Fall no.
WAKANUI  117 74 45 2 9.4 236
Claire 105 69 45 3 9.7 317

07/08 Canterbury CPT1 results (3 site mean, irrigated and dry land)

– April/May sown, farmer management (dry Nov/Dec)

Rel. Yield Test Tw Seed Wt Screenings Protein Fall no.
WAKANUI  109 79 49 1 9.3 223
Phoenix 104 78 52 1 10.3 379

07/08 Canterbury PFR results (2 sites, irrigated and dry land)

– Early May sown, farmer management (dry Nov/Dec)

  MethvenRel. Yield

(100=8.0t/ha)

LincolnRel. Yield

(100=9.2t/ha)

 WAKANUI 122 135
Raffles 114 116

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Compiled by Ross Hanson, Plant & Food Research Ph. 0274 535 507

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Rel. Yield
WAKANUI 112
Option 107