• Elite yield in western Victoria
  • Quick-mid maturity, slightly quicker than Scepter, similar to Mace
  • AH quality classification
  • Very stable yield across a range of environments and conditions
  • CCN resistance equal to Scepter
  • An alternative to Scepter, Vixen & Calibre

Breeders comments

Ballista (tested as RAC2598) has been released off the back of outstanding results in our yield trials over many years and continues to build upon the strength of its Mace parentage.

Ballista will be most closely compared with Scepter, Vixen and Calibre. Compared with Scepter, Ballista offers higher yields across a broad range of environments and growing conditions, while carrying very similar disease resistance attributes. Versus Vixen, Ballista has produced comparable yields in SA and western Vic, and is not as quick to mature, giving Ballista a wider and more flexible sowing window. Perhaps the most important difference between Ballista and Vixen is CCN resistance; where Vixen is rated MSS and Ballista is MRMS. Combined with better levels of sprouting tolerance than Vixen, Ballista appears to be a reliable alternative. Compared with Calibre, Ballista seems to offer slightly higher yields in high yield potential environments, and is shorter in plant height, which may be an advantage over Calibre in more productive locations.

Overall, Ballista has been released to suit the majority of SA and western Victorian cropping areas, offering a dominant package of very high and stable yield, AH quality, CCN resistance and Mace type maturity.

For full details download the Ballista fact sheet

Seed Availability

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

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


Ballista 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.

Ballista growers will be subject to a Growers License Agreement that acknowledges that an EPR of $3.5/tonne + GST has to be paid on all production other than seed saved for planting.