An agronomic research program that can enhance the release of new barley varieties for Western Australia... In the study we aim to quantify the benefit of the current Alt gene and undertake a 'proof of concept' study to see if the inclusion of this Alt gene in future releases might influence the way in which we grow barley... Preliminary results indicate grazing control..
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The impact of grazing on grain yield can be variable depending upon the spring rainfall received and the impact on grain quality for malting barley is unknown... Leaf diseases were assessed by sampling ten tillers per plot, estimating the percentage of leaf area diseased for each of the top three leaves (ignoring the flag leaf) and apportioning it to each disease present... Farmers that plan to graze barley crops may only need to use a seed treatment for smut control rather than foliar diseases as these will be controlled by grazing...