• The highest yielding durum variety currently available
  • ADR quality classification
  • An excellent alternative to DBA Aurora
  • Best suited to medium-high rainfall environments
  • Very good physical grain quality characteristics
  • Mid-season maturity, similar to DBA Aurora
  • Small improvement in crown rot resistance, comparable to Bitalli

Breeders comments

Patron (tested as AGTD109) has been released off the back of outstanding yield performance in both AGT and NVT trials, and is now the yield benchmark for all durum growing regions of SA and Victoria.

Not only does Patron offer elite yields over all established varieties, but it has also recorded high test weights and low screenings in trials, and has an ADR quality classification in the Southern Zone (SA/Vic).

We view Patron as an excellent alternative to the commonly grown DBA Aurora, sharing similar maturity and adaptation patterns; and as a slower maturing complement to Bitalli. Whilst Bitalli performs best in low-medium yielding environments or those experiencing quicker finishes to the season, Patron has particularly excelled in medium-high yield potential environments.

The disease profile of Patron is comparable with most durum varieties currently on the market, with good resistance to most foliar diseases. Patron provisionally offers a slight improvement in crown rot resistance over commonly grown varieties such as DBA Aurora and DBA Artemis. As crown rot is a major constraint on durum production, even a small improvement in this trait is likely to provide some benefit to growers.

The naming convention we use for our durum varieties is Melbourne Cup winners, with ‘Patron’ winning in 1894.

For full details download the Patron fact sheet

Seed Availability

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

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


Patron 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.

Patron 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.