• A lower risk alternative to RGT Planet with similar top-end yield potential
  • Best suited to medium-high rainfall environments
  • Mid-slow maturity, slightly slower than RGT Planet
  • Broader adaptation than RGT Planet, delivering more stable yields across a wider range of environmental conditions
  • Improved test weight compared with RGT Planet
  • Has entered the Grains Australia malt accreditation program but is currently deliverable as Barley/Feed

Breeders comments

Minotaur (tested as AGTB0213) enters the market as a clear step-up from the landmark European variety RGT Planet. While RGT Planet is a direct introduction from Europe, Minotaur is the result of an Australian by European cross, bringing together European yield potential with Australian adaptation to our tough growing conditions. Minotaur has demonstrated adaptation across a broader range of seasonal conditions and regions than RGT Planet, which can be penalised under drier, stressed conditions.

In addition to competitive yields, Minotaur offers some improvements in physical grain quality, delivering higher test weight compared with RGT Planet. The yield stability combined with improved test weight means that Minotaur is a safer variety to use than RGT Planet for growers looking to mitigate the risk of highly variable seasons.

Minotaur has a mid-slow maturity, reaching awn peep a couple of days later than RGT Planet and is ideally suited to medium-high yield potential environments. Minotaur has a relatively compact plant type with moderate resistance to lodging.

Minotaur has been accepted into the Grains Australia malt accreditation program, with stage 2 malt evaluation being carried out in 2023. Minotaur is deliverable into the Barley/Feed grade.

For full details download the Minotaur fact sheet

Seed Availability

Commercial quantities of Minotaur may be available through AGT Affiliates, or your local retailer.

Minotaur is able to be traded between growers upon the completion of a License Agreement as part of AGT’s Seed Sharing™ initiative.

PBR and EPR

Minotaur is protected by Plant Breeders Rights (PBR) and all production (except seed saved for planting) is liable to an End Point Royalty (EPR), which funds future plant breeding.

Minotaur growers will be subject to a Growers License Agreement that acknowledges that an EPR of $4/tonne + GST has to be paid on all production other than seed saved for planting.