New cane varieties show promising yield

A NEW variety of sugarcane is available to growers in the southern growing region, after endorsements from the Variety Adoption Committees.

BSES Limited development officer Gae Plunkett said a promising variety Q249A, with blanket approval to plant in all regions, had been added to the regional Recommended for Planting List by the committee.

"Q249A is a central region variety, which has produced high tonnes of cane per hectare in trials across all soil types in the southern region," she said.

"It has moderate to high commercial cane sugar - a measure of recoverable sugar in the cane - throughout the season.

"Although it is resistant to Fiji leaf gall, leaf scald and smut, it has only intermediate resistance to pachymetra root rot."

Growers are encouraged to contact their local productivity services groups for planting material of this released variety.

Approval for the release of a new Q Variety - Q252 - is also being sought from the Queensland Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry. Plant breeder's rights are also pending.

"A request for approval for all the new Q varieties, including Q252 has been submitted and if approved, this variety will be released in the southern region later this year," said Ms Plunkett.

"Q252 produced from parents Q208A and Q96 has shown high TCH and moderate to high CCS in recent southern BSES trials. This Burdekin variety has shown good ratooning ability and has survived dry conditions well. It has intermediate resistance to smut and pachymetra root rot.

"By delivering new varieties that are more productive and disease-resistant, BSES is helping growers and the Australian sugarcane industry become more productive, profitable and sustainable."

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