Zen vs. Mace Wheat - Case Study

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Research organisaton

Trial details

Researcher(s) Elly Wainwright (Liebe Group)
Year(s) 2015
Contributor Liebe Group
Trial location(s) Dalwallinu, WA
Zen vs. Mace Wheat - Case Study locations

To assess whether Zen noodle wheat has a place in rotation when yield and quality are compared to Mace Australian hard wheat.

Key messages

The Carlshausen’s had previously grown Calingiri noodle wheat but abandoned the variety in 2015 due to bad lodging in the 2014 season and consistent 0.1 t/ha lower yields than Mace. In 2015 they wanted to see if the new noodle variety Zen was able to match Mace (the only wheat currently grown on their property) in terms of yield and quality. Mace is a short to mid maturity Australian hard wheat with Wyalkatchem major parent and Stylet minor parent. Zen is a mid to long maturity Australian noodle wheat bred from Calingiri and Wyalkatchem.

Mace and Zen were compared in two locations of the same paddock. The soil type was similar at the two locations, but varied in their elevation.

This demonstration was conducted using farmer equipment. Farm scale demonstrations are a valuable way to explore new varieties, products, or practices, complimenting results which are produced through more scientifically rigorous, small plot trials. Please refer to NVT for a replicated view of the varieties in your area.

Lead research organisation Liebe Group
Host research organisation Liebe Group
Related program N/A

The Carlshausen family for managing the demonstration and sharing the information gathered from it.

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Wheat
Treatment type(s)
  • Variety: Type
Trial type Demonstration
Trial design Unreplicated

Dalwallinu 2015

Sow date 3 May 2015 03 May 2015
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size 640m x 12.2m
Plot replication Not specified
Paddock history 2012 wheat, 2013 wheat, 2014 lupin

03/05/2015: 20 kg/ha MOP, 40 kg/ha AgFlow

12/06/2015: 70 kg/ha urea

08/07/2015: 180 g/ha Zinc


03/05/2015: 2 L/ha Gramoxone, 2.5 L/ha Boxer Gold, 25 g/ha Monza,

08/07/2015: 500 mL/ha Paragon Xtra, 300 mL/ha Bromicide MA


03/05/2015: 200 mL/ha Chlorpyrifos

13/08/2015: 150 mL/ha Alpha-cypermethrin


08/07/2015: 150 mL/ha Folicur

13/08/2015: 150 mL/ha Tebuconazole

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Trial results Table 1

# Variety
Protein (%) Grain yield (t/ha) Hectolitre weight (kg/hL) Screenings (%) Grade (grade)
1 Mace 9.1 3.05 81.5 2.4 ASW
2 Zen 10.1 3.25 81.5 1.8 ANW1

Grain yield t/ha


Grade grade


Hectolitre weight kg/hL


Protein %


Screenings %

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Site Depth Type pH EC P K N A OC CAT
Dalwallinu, WA 0 - 10cm 5.60
Dalwallinu, WA 10 - 20cm 5.10
Dalwallinu, WA 20 - 30cm 4.80
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Dalwallinu, WA Sandy loam
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Dalwallinu, WA Kandosol
Soil Moisture Source: BOM/ANU
Average amount of water stored in the soil profile during the year, estimated by the OzWALD model-data fusion system.
Year Dalwallinu WA
2015 370.6mm
2014 319.1mm
2013 351.1mm
2012 353.1mm
2011 345.7mm
2010 331.3mm
2009 347.2mm
2008 348.4mm
2007 298.1mm
2006 316.4mm
2005 312.1mm
2004 312.3mm
2003 311.8mm
2002 261.5mm
2001 295.5mm
2000 361.9mm
National soil grid Source: CSIRO/TERN
NOTE: National Soil Grid data is aggregated information for background information on the wider area
Actual soil values can vary significantly in a small area and the trial soil tests are the most relevant data where available

Soil properties



Dalwallinu WA 2015

Observed climate information

Rainfall avg gsr (mm) 253mm

Derived climate information

Dalwallinu WA

NOTE: Exact trial site locality unknown - Climate data may not be accurate

Some data on this site is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology

SILO weather estimates sourced from https://www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au/silo/
Jeffrey, S.J., Carter, J.O., Moodie, K.B. and Beswick, A.R. (2001). Using spatial interpolation to construct a comprehensive archive of Australian climate data , Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol 16/4, pp 309-330. DOI: 10.1016/S1364-8152(01)00008-1.

Trial last modified: 29-11-2017 19:53pm AEST