With current seasonal conditions delaying wheat plantings across much of the eastern states, the new late planting Australian prime hard (APH) variety Sunprime is an ideal option for growers to complete cropping programs.
Sunprime’s quick maturity is ideally suited to late May and June plantings. Suggested sowing times are from late May-late June in northern NSW and mid-May to mid-June in southern NSW. Growers still have plenty of time for good planting rains to arrive and sow in the ideal planting window. APH stocks are depleted across Australia due to widespread drought across eastern Australia. Some major end-users are looking to import supplies for milling, so good demand is likely from both domestic and export markets following the 2019 harvest.
Sunprime is a newly released early maturing APH quality variety. Derived from a cross with EGA Gregory, a widely grown and adaptable variety, Sunprime is a high yielding variety with shorter plant height suited to a wide range of growing environments in NSW and Qld. Being an early maturing variety Sunprime is an ideal choice for late season sowings. Maturity is similar to LRPB Spitfire, Sunmate and LRPB Mustang. Sunprime has a good physical grain package, including moderate to low screenings and high test weight. It also has good tolerance to RLN (P. Thornei) and is moderately tolerant of acid soils.