With a new name but a proven track record, Buttress spring sown barley’s on-farm performance is reflecting the cultivar’s outstanding results in four years of Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) trials.
This is the second year Springston grower Chris Morrish has grown Buttress (formerly CRBA148) feed barley and once again he found it an easy crop to grow, with just a standard fungicide programme and a small quantity of Plant Growth Regulator. The paddock in which Buttress was established on 27 September last year, was also used for separate and unrelated plant trials and due to these, the crop received more waterings under Chris’s lateral irrigation than were necessary.
“This made the straw tough to thrash, but it still baled up ok.”
Most importantly, the grain came off the paddock really well, yielding 10 tonne per hectare off the header meter.
“I haven’t actually weighed it yet, but I’m happy with that yield,” says Chris.
Buttress was amongst the top yielding spring sown barley in Canterbury and Southland over four years of FAR trials. The barley has, good initial falling numbers and high sprout resistance, the grain is of medium size, has good test weight with moderate screenings. Buttress is resistant to mildew and net blotch, is moderately susceptible to scald and leaf rust. Protection for Ramularia is required.
To reap the yield benefits of Buttress feed barley talk to your Luisetti Seeds agronomist about establishing Buttress this spring.