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  • Bottler Barley Progress

    March 13, 2019

    Bottler barley has been entered into Stage 1 Malt Accreditation.  We expect final results for Stage 1 to be available in 2021, as further malt production crops are grown in 2019 to supplement the crops damaged by storms and frosts in 2018. However, Barrett Burston Malting (BBM) will continue to evaluate commercial Bottler Malt 1 grain in 2019 and will process approx. 1000 tonnes in Victoria and 500 tonnes in Western Australia from crops grown in 2019. NVT and SFS results in 2018 indicated that Bottler has a solid yield potential and can match most/all high yielding varieties, when grown…

  • Biere passes Stage 1 Malt Accreditation

    March 13, 2019

    Barley Australia has recently advised GrainSearch® that Biere successfully passed Stage 1 of the Malt Accreditation program, using the grain grown near Birchip (Vic Mallee) in 2017.  This is positive news for the variety. GrainSearch® will continue to evaluate Biere in 2019 to determine how best growers can use the variety on their farm.  To date, Biere has proven to be a strong, vigorous variety that is well adapted to growing in drier environments with low inputs.  Its fast maturity means sowing dates are best suited to the 3rd week of May to mid-June, making it a possible option for…

  • 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…