(Photo: an agronomist from Don Mario in an Audaz variety plot, near Chacabuco city)
To renovate the genetic offer for the farmers is a key point to maintain the leadership in the seed business in Argentina, and a family owned and operated company, DONMARIO, know about this.
Last year the wheat varieties of the company reached 38% of the total acreage planted in the country. “We were able to bring to the farmers two exceptional varieties like Algarrobo and Ceibo, that combine high yield potential with good milling quality and an excellent sanitary profile”, the Developing manager, Jerónimo Costanzi told to eFarmNewsAr.com.
“In our selection process, tolerance against stem rust and Fusarium head blight is a filter. None variety is released to the market if it presents susceptibility to those diseases”, Costanzi added. Since to control these two diseases is a headache for the farmers, Don Mario’s genetic won an increasing positioning.
Last year was an excellent season for wheat production. In central and southern of the Buenos Aires province plots surpassed 9,000 kilograms per hectare, even 10,000 kg, without losing baker quality.
“The humor of the farmers is excellent at the beginning of this new campaign. Not only they collected good yield in wheat, but also in soybean. Now they are concentrated in the collection of the last soybean plots, but we think that wheat area will increase once again this year”, the manager affirmed.
This season, DONMARIO launches two new wheat varieties, Ñandubay and Audaz. They showed high yields in the pre-commercial campaign (2018/19), with excellent bakery quality and sanitary profile. “We hope to maintain our market share and why not increase it this year”, Costanzi opines. Ñandubay is an intermediate-short cycle, and Audaz a net short cycle variety.
But while farmers were planting these varieties Don Mario will carry to the plots two pre-commercial varieties, Pehuen y Sauce (the company is using names of local trees to denominate its wheat cultivars). In this case, they are intermediate-long cycle cultivars. “We are positioning Pehuen for the national Central area, i.e. Cordoba, Santa Fe and Entre Ríos provinces, and Sauce for the Buenos Aires province, where higher yields environments are placed. Sauce is showing 4 to 5% higher yields that Algarrobo”, Costanzi explained.
It estimates that Argentina wheat production could surpass this year 20.5 million metric tons, increasing 200K to 400K hectares the total area.