AGCSATech have been busy working on the establishment of a trial site for the latest round of the Australian National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (ANTEP), a program which was developed over thirty years ago by members of the Australian Seed federation, with the idea to provide Australian turf managers with local independent varietal testing results to evaluate the various seeded turf varieties grown under Australian conditions. Previously Australian turf managers have had to evaluate selections and make decisions based on data provided from the USA.
It has been approximately 8 years since the last ANTEP trial and 12 years since Perennial Rye grasses were assessed. With many advancements and new varieties now available on the market the ASF Turf and Lawn Seed group felt it was time to undertake ANTEP 5, which will look at a wide range of perennial and transitional rye grasses.
The trial site is located at Evergreen Turf’s Pakenham farm, which is located south east of Melbourne will host the trail which will be run by AGCSATech.
The trial will run for a period of two years and consists of two sections, a permanent stand of perennial ryegrasses sown on bare soil and a transitional trial where ryegrasses have been oversown into a couchgrass surface, half of which will be sprayed out in spring and the other half allowed to transition naturally.
Assessments for the trial will include: - rate of establishment, seedling vigour, turf colour, quality, density, seasonal growth, wear tolerance and spring transition. In addition to these assessments, trial plots will also be assessed using AGCSATech’ s latest technology with both hand held and drone equipped NDVI to provide another layer of assessment to the trial.
This trail will provide detailed up to date information on the latest varieties available to the Australian market with field days to be held in the future where turf managers will be able to view a wide range of varieties in one location.
We look forward to brining you regular updates on the progress of the trial.
If you would like further information or assistance in setting up a trial, please feel free to contact AGCSATech team in the link below.