Forage oat with enhanced yield developed in Queensland

A NEW forage oat variety released in Queensland this week has been promoted as having the highest total forage yield on the market.

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Queensland producer Don Sharp, ‘Jaydon Pastoral Company’, Mount Walker, inspecting a demonstration crop of the new Warlock forage oat variety.

While the variety, Warlock, is susceptible to one race of leaf rust in southern Queensland, it will significantly lift the forage yield of oats in growing regions where leaf rust is less prevalent and provide a degree of tolerance in susceptible areas.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner launched the new feed source in Toowoomba on Wednesday, announcing it will be available for growers to buy next year.

"In trials over four years, the total forage yield for Warlock was 19 per cent higher than the previously developed Genie forage oat, and a seven per cent improvement on the Wizard variety," Minister Furner said.

"Higher yielding forage oat varieties increase the size of the feed base available to livestock producers, which ...

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