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Wizard Forage Oats are the latest release from the leading forage development partnership between The QLD Department of Ag and Heritage Seeds. Wizard presents significant improvement in yield over other forage oats in the market. Wizard has an erect early growth habit, medium plant height, high tillering and fine leaves and stems. Speed to initial grazing is quick, similar to Genie and quicker than Aladdin. With normal planting time (March – April), Wizard has medium maturity being 5-7 days earlier to anthesis than Genie but 5-7 days later than Volta. Stem and leaf thickness of Wizard is slightly finer than Genie. It also tends to be higher in tillering and have better recovery from cutting and grazing than Genie.
Wizard will provide growers with a new high yielding, medium / late maturity with excellent recovery in the winter months.
• Sets new benchmark for yield in Forage Oats, 9% over current market leading varieties Aladdin & Genie, 15%
over Drover and Taipan
• Good early growth similar to Genie and better than Aladdin
• Excellent recovery from grazing and cutting
• Resistant to most Australian pathotypes of leaf rust but has been found to be susceptible a new strain
• Medium maturity
• Strong competition against weeds early
• More feed for longer periods, both early and through winter
• Bred, trialled and selected in Qld and Northern NSW for performance and local adaptation
• Improved return on investment compared to other varieties
• Fast to first graze
• Huge forage yield benefit. More feed all season = greater animal production
Variety Management / Agronomy
When released in 2017 Wizard was resistant to all known Australian pathotypes of leaf rust.
In late 2017 it was discovered that Wizard had become susceptible to a new pathotype of leaf rust.
In the absence of this pathotype Wizard will appear resistant. If present though, it is recommended that an appropriate fungicide management plan is carried out to reduce the impact of leaf rust.
Normal planting time March-April.
Plant Breeders Rights (PBR)
This variety is registered under Plant Breeders Rights (PBR) in Australia. Unauthorised commercial propagation or any sale, conditioning, export, import or stocking of propagating material isan infringement under the Plant Breeders Rights Act (1994). Any breach of this legislation will leave the grower liable for prosecution.