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  • Biere Barley – a potential graze & grain crop

    December 12, 2018

    It is a common practice amongst many Dookie farmers to sow a paddock of barley early in the season (around mid-April) and use the first flush of growth as valuable sheep grazing during the winter feed deficit. The crop is then locked up at GS30 growth stage and allowed to go through to grain harvest. At the start of 2018 season, GrainSearch provided local Dookie grower Alan Shields with a tonne of Biere seed to evaluate how it would compare with Alan’s usual short season ‘grain&graze’ variety Mundah. Due to the dry conditions both the Biere and Mundah were sown…

  • Biere Barley surviving well in the drier conditions

    December 12, 2018

    At the start of the 2018 season GrainSearch placed 1T of Biere Barley seed with 5 growers in the Jeparit/Beulah (Mallee) region of Victoria, with the aim of seeing how Biere performs as a late sown, low input barley. The farmers all sowed the Biere in large commercial paddocks right against their own barley variety. As the drier season continued, Biere began to stand out as the variety that was best coping with the well below average rainfall. By August, four of the paddocks showed Biere clearly surviving much better than the commercial variety. Its faster maturity when sown in…

  • Beaufort Seed for 2019 Season

    May 17, 2018

    GrainSearch is alerting growers to the fact that there will be limited new commercial seed available of Beaufort for sowing in 2019 season. Growers who feel they may need to refresh their seed stock, or want to start growing Beaufort on their farm in 2019, should make contact with GrainSearch before the end of December 2018 to register their interest in purchasing Beaufort seed. This will help GrainSearch ensure that there is seed available on the mainland for growers to purchase ahead of sowing in 2019. As a reminder, all GrainSearch varieties are protected by PBR and the relevant Industry…

  • Biere Barley – Stage 1 testing to commence soon

    May 17, 2018

    GrainSearch is anxiously awaiting the results of Stage 1 Malt Accreditation testing of the 2017 season Biere grain, grown in the Mallee region(Vic). Barrett Burston Malting are conducting the tests and it is hoped that the results will show Biere is commercially capable of producing the high quality export type malt that it demonstrated through many seasons of development trials. GrainSearch has put on hold malt grain production for Stage 2 until the results of Stage 1 are known. However, several farmers have been able to secure seed of Biere to sow this season to further evaluate its on farm…

  • Bottler Barley Grain Production underway in 2018

    May 17, 2018

    Selected growers in Victoria and Western Australia have sown their Bottler Barley seed this season (2018) in anticipation of achieving malt quality grain production for Barrett Burston Malting (BBM) to purchase. This malt grade grain will be used by BBM to commence Stage 1 Malt Accreditation testing. GrainSearch will apply to Barley Australia to have Bottler accepted into the Malt Accreditation program in 2019 and Stage 2 malt grain production will take place in 2019 and BBM will be purchasing malt grade Bottler grain from growers in selected regions. Growers who are keen to be apart of the malt grain…