RGT Planet barley is a high yielding mid-season variety which has malt potential and is currently undergoing malt classification in Australia. RGT Planet has a very good straw strength and reduced risk of lodging. RGT Planet has good disease resistance to mildew.
The availability of newer varieties of wheat and barley that have been developed for specific growing regions with improved grain yields, grain quality and better disease resistance profiles will provide producers with more choice as they look to improve returns and reduce risks. Kittyhawk wheat provides grain and graze options for those with livestock, irrigated durum growers now have a variety with a better agronomic fit with DBA Vittaroi. Growers are also encouraged to try other varieties like LRPB Mustang and RGT Planet barley to compare against their currently grown varieties.
Kittyhawk wheat has a similar maturity to the widely grown winter wheat Wedgetail. The varieties tend to have a heading date within a couple of days of each other, comparing the two in warmer conditions Kittyhawk is a few days quicker to head than Wedgetail. In cooler areas particularly into Victoria and SA Kittyhawk has tended to be a few days later. It is high yielding and has Australian Hard (AH) classification in Southern Zones (VIC/SA) and Australian Prime Hard (APH) in the South Eastern Zone (SNSW).
Kittyhawk, like Wedgetail, is suited to early sowings, especially for graze and grain farming systems. Kittyhawk also has improved disease resistance over Wedgetail, especially for the three rusts, Stripe Rust (R-MR), Stem Rust (MR-MS) and Leaf Rust (MR-MS). Kittyhawk also has a significant test weight (4-6kg/hL) advantage over Wedgetail with a solid grain package.
R - Resistant, MR – Moderately resistant, S - Susceptible, MS – Moderately Susceptible, MT - Moderately Tolerant , MI - Moderately Intolerant