Researchers from INTA Argentina develop ideal oat for intensive grazing
Dec. 7, 2016
The Agricultural Experiment Station (EEA) Bordenave of the Argentinean National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) presented a new oat cultivar, called Elisabet INTA, which stands out for its high forage yield potential, wide adaptability to different regions of the country, and its versatility and nutritional value.
According to INTA technicians, Elisabet INTA will generate a qualitative change in oat cultivation for grazing due to its high potential for grass production, wide adaptability to different regions and excellent sanitation. They believe that this novel white oat cultivar will be one of the most planted, both in Argentina and in bordering countries.
Developed by the Genetic Improvement program of INTA Bordenave and evaluated over the last three years in comparative trials in more than 10 locations across the country, from Mercedes (Corrientes) to Viedma (Río Negro), Elisabet INTA stands out for its high and stable forage production.
INTA Researchers explained that with abundant rainfall and intensive trial management, the new variety had achieved a forage production record in five cuts, producing more than 10,000 kilograms of dry matter per hectare.
Elisabet INTA has a homogeneous forage production throughout the cycle. In addition, thanks to its excellent reaction to the cold and strong capacity for regrowth, it maintains high rates of growth from late autumn to early winter.
As for the health aspect, it has an excellent reaction to leaf rust, caused by the fungus Puccinia coronata. It has recorded the lowest levels of incidence and severity, even in areas strongly afflicted by this disease, such as in Paraná, Entre Ríos; Reconquista, Santa Fe; and Mercedes, Corrientes.
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