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Dictator 2 is a new awnless true forage barley bred to replace Dictator. It is even faster establishing, has more early growth and is later maturing so has higher overall yield. Dictator 2 has a shorter growth habit so is less likely to lodge and has a wider planting window. It is a two row, early-mid maturing, black hulled, awnless (hooded) forage barley with medium green foliage and a medium plant height at maturity. From an autumn sowing, growth is extremely vigorous providing early feed and producing well through winter and into early spring. Late spring growth will be less than forage oats. Dictator 2 has an extended planting window and can be sown from mid April through to August offering greater flexibility than forage oats. It will tolerate multiple grazings until the production of the first node in late winter when it can be closed up for hay or silage production.
Palatability & Quality:
Dictator 2 maintains the awnless and fine stemmed characteristics giving improved palatability, but has the added advantage of improved quality over the original.
Dictator 2 has very good early growth and exceptional winter production. It has consistently out-yielded Dictator in trials in both winter and spring giving improved overall yield.
Dictator 2’s early growth advantage can result in an overall yield advantage when the growing season is limited by rainfall.
Dictator has exceptional early growth and winter production making it very fast to first grazing, even from a late planting. Dictators early finish results in lower overall and spring yields than longer season varieties.
Dictator 2 can be sown from mid-autumn to mid-winter and has greater flexibility in the timing of hay or silage production over Dictator and also improves the potential yield due to improved spring growth.