Tackling climate change and mitigating the impact of droughts are among the benefits sought by a PGP programme developing innovative forages for New Zealand farms.
This PGP programme is led by PGG Wrightson Seeds and Grasslanz Technology. It consists of 5 projects designed to develop a suite of innovations that improve productivity and animal health, while mitigating adverse environmental impacts.
Future farming systems require forages that can meet the nutritional requirements of high-performing animals. They also require technologies that can mitigate the environmental impacts often associated with highly productive farming systems.
This programme is developing technologies to improve pasture establishment, reduce the impact of pests and diseases, overcome animal health disorders and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and losses from drought stress.
Farmers can expect technologies that provide improved productivity and profitability across all New Zealand regions and farming systems where pasture renewal occurs.
This programme began this year and is already making progress in areas such as biological seed additives that will improve pasture establishment and resilience.
The replacement nucleus seed crop has been sown for our perennial ryegrass with AR-X endophyte that has improved bioactivity. This elite selection has shown excellent agronomic performance, outperforming more than 100 other entries across 8 locations in New Zealand. The animal safety trials have shown strong animal performance without any adverse animal health problems.
Demonstration of the improved water-use efficiency (+38%), clubroot resistance (100%), and improved agronomic performance of our new hybrid brassica across a range of regional sites.
The first seed increase for our new brassica hybrid has been successfully harvested and a nucleus increase has been sown in Canterbury.
HT-C Kale is proving tolerant to Telar herbicide and is now being increased for agronomic evaluation.
The first assay for AR X endophyte viability in ambient storage trials took place in July 2015.
Programme start: February 2013 Length: 6 years PGP funding: $7.15 million Industry funding: $7.48 million Crown funding paid out to programme for work done to 30 November 2016: $4,218,668.02 Commercial partners: PGG Wrightson Seeds Ltd, Grasslanz Technology Ltd Estimated potential economic benefits to NZ: $200 million per year by 2025.
Progress review reports
Seed and nutritional technology development PGP Programme Review - May 2015
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