New Italian ryegrass accelerates genetic gain

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A new benchmark in winter and total forage yield is being set by the latest Italian ryegrass variety to be released by Seed Force. SF Accelerate 2 is a late flowering diploid that includes material from well-known varieties such as Concord, Tabu, Warrior and Sonik, plus European genetics. Bred by RAGT in France, the new … Read more

New Spark ignites growing interest in hybrid canola

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A new hybrid TT canola, SF Spark TT, has created significant interest in the growing hybrid canola market in Australia. Once dominated by open-pollinated (OP) varieties, the Australian market is following European and American trends to opt for the higher yielding hybrid varieties over the lower seed cost OPs. While growers can retain seed from … Read more

Seed Force announces Australian GM

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Seed Force has announced Dale Skepper as the company’s new general manager for the Australian market. Group managing director, Bruce Garrett, says the appointment of Mr Skepper to this newly created role is a strategic decision aimed at supporting continued growth of the Australian business. “We warmly welcome Dale to the Seed Force team. A … Read more

Building better barley for high-rainfall zones

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A new research partnership aims to improve commercial barley varieties to better tolerate waterlogging, a problem that affects farmers in high-rainfall zones and can severely impact crop yield. The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is partnering with Seed Force to add a waterlogging tolerance gene to RGT Planet barley. The announcement builds on a previous … Read more

South American study tour visits Seed Force breeding partners

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In September 2019, Seed Force hosted three of its key customers on a 10-day study tour visiting several of the company’s plant breeding partners in South America. Travelling though Argentina and Uruguay, the tour members were Josh Brown from McDonald Rural Coleraine, Maisie Morrow from Landmark Townsend Scone, and Andrew Taylor from TP Jones Tasmania. … Read more

Forage sorghum research benefits growers

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Seed Force continues to push the boundaries of pasture and forage research, with a firm focus on quality, not just yield. National sales and marketing manager, Tim Wilmshurst, said this strong philosophy on measuring forage quality has always been key for the company. “Livestock producers know that feed quality makes a huge difference to animal … Read more

Drought recovery pasture blends encouraged to boost regeneration

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With some rainfall in recent weeks, experts are encouraging farmers to take proactive measures to best support pasture regeneration. David Leah, technical manager with Seed Force, says the prolonged dry has had a devastating impact on the pasture base across Australia. “Even though we’ve had some reasonable rain in some areas recently, farmers hit by … Read more

Manage blackleg resistance with updated risk assessment tool from GRDC

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It is important that blackleg resistance is managed properly across seasons to maximise crop performance and yield. Which is why GRDC’s new Blackleg Management Guide is so useful. The simple-to-use fact sheet provides a step by step guide to assessing current blackleg risk for each of your paddocks, and then provides details on how best to manage … Read more