Variety - Hidden Valley A538
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A538 is very precocious, and its good performance combined with moderately small trees size indicates that is has good potential for long term yield.
It is quite similar to A4 with a smaller kernel and smaller tree size.
|Royalty Status||Release Pending|
|Early Yield/Ha||Very Precocious|
|Long Term Yield||Good Potential|
|Kernel Recovery||43 - 46%|
|Whole Kernels||50 - 60%|
|Kernel Wt||2.7 - 3.2|
|First Grade||90 - 100%|
|Flower Season||Late Season|
|Harvest Season||Early to Mid|
|Abnormal Vertical (AVG)||Appears Tolerant|
A538 variety seems to perform best in the cooler climate of Alstonville.
- A538 was one of the most precocious selections at all sites of the RVT 3.
The variety is in very early stages of adoption, no obvious faults have been observed at this stage.
- The thin shell may be a lower barrier for some insect damage.
- Its performance at RVT 3 site Wirra Willa, an AVG potential site, was poor.
In RVT Series 3 to year nine, A538 was ahead of the standards at Alstonville, DeCortez & Childers, it was not planted at Bundy Sugar.
Using accumulated Gross Income per Ha as a comparator, on average it was $5,100/Ha ahead of the standards by year nine of RVT 3, largely due to a very strong performance at Alstonville
Note the following table uses mean annual Gross Income/Ha/Yr as opposed to the accumulated value above.
|Gross Income/Ha/Yr in RVT3|
Mean of Years 4 to 9, $5/kg base price
|HV A538||Mean of 5|
|B1 (De Cortez)||$8,500||$7,908|
|Childers (to yr 7)||$15,586||$14,441|
|B4 (Wirra Willa)||$8,271||$10,513|
(Orange/Green change indicates positive cash flow)
(Yellow sections indicate hand strip)
Our more detailed discussion of RVT Series 3 results is available here.
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