• A consistently high yielding winter feed wheat
• High yield potential under early sowing and irrigation
• Well suited to Canterbury and Southland regions
• Wide planting window due to low vernalisation requirement
• Good disease resistance profile
STARFIRE has consistently demonstrated very high yields across a range of sites throughout Canterbury and Southland establishing itself as a preferred feed wheat cultivar by growers. Compared to other feed wheat cultivars, it has yielded particularly well in Southland and irrigated sites in Mid and South Canterbury.
|CPT STARFIRE Autumn grain quality (4 year mean)||
Lower North Island
|Test weight (kg/hl)||68||73||74|
|Kernel weight (1000 seed weight)||37||44||46|
|Protein content (%) (N% x 5.7)||10.6||10.0||9.3|
Typical heading dates for STARFIRE in Canterbury
|Late March||Early November|
|Late May||Late November|
|Late June||Early December|
STARFIRE has moderate tillering capacity and a tight V-shaped tillering habit. Target plant populations should be at the higher end of the ranges. A good guideline is to increase your sowing rate by 25% above the standard PGW Grain wheat seed rate guidelines.
STARFIRE has good resistance to stripe rust although it is moderately susceptible to most diseases. Considering this disease profile a robust fungicide programme is recommended. Please contact your local PGW Representative for site specific recommendations.
|Disease||PGW disease nursery ratings
(9 highly resistant, 1 highly susceptible)
CPT Cultivar evaluation rating
|Stripe rust||8||Moderately resistant|
|Leaf rust||5||Moderately susceptible|
|Septoria leaf blotch||6||Intermediate resistance|
|Powdery mildew||5||Moderately resistant|
|Fusarium head blight||5||Moderately resistant|
n/a = no data available.