Sometimes in breeding, you get unexpected but very exciting results. Out of a standard Mace cross, Catapult (tested as RAC2484) has emerged as a unique combination of features that we believe will help growers increase productivity, while providing flexibility that has not been available previously.
Growers are continually looking for earlier sowing options that don’t compromise on yield, to complement high yielding main season varieties like Scepter so that an increase in over-all farm yield is achieved. Catapult may be viewed as a ‘longer season’ Scepter, allowing growers to achieve Scepter-like yields when sown in late April/ early May. When sown around ANZAC day, Catapult has consistently out-yielded LRPB Trojan, Cutlass and Yitpi. The high yield potential relative to other varieties has been recorded across a large range of growing conditions and environments, highlighting Catapult’s very wide suitability for most cropping programs.
These days, much of the wheat crop is planted dry. In many instances germination of dry sown crops may be delayed considerably if the arrival of the break in the season is unknown, and therefore variety choice for these situations is very important. A variety like Catapult is a great choice for dry sowing because it maintains its high yield over a wide range of germination dates, including well into May where it remains competitive with the benchmark variety Scepter.
Catapult is also one of the best choices for use in wheat-on-wheat rotations. Apart from Catapult, there are no other wheat varieties that combine this maturity type with CCN resistance, yellow leaf spot resistance and AH quality. It’s this unique combination that supports Catapult’s use as a second wheat in a rotation, a practice very common in low rainfall or Mallee type environments.
Catapult is very closely related to Scepter and shares its physical grain quality characteristics of high test weight, low screenings and AH quality classification.
For up to date yield and disease resistance data on Catapult, please visit the NVT website.
Commercial quantities of Catapult may be available through AGT Affiliates, or your local retailer.
Catapult is able to be traded between growers upon the completion of a License Agreement as part of AGT’s Seed Sharing™ initiative.
Catapult 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.
Catapult growers will be subject to a Growers License Agreement that acknowledges that an EPR of $3.25/tonne + GST has to be paid on all production other than seed saved for planting.