Planned outcomes for Theme 2— Improving crop yield
Aspirational outcome (10+ years)
Cereal, pulse and oilseed varieties with significant, sustained and stable improvements in water-limited yield potential over current elite varieties in key agroecological zones and across a range of seasons.
Intermediate outcomes (5 years)
Practice changes and key metrics
- Breeders and industry pre-breeders increase their level of collaborating to identify and prioritise traits, tools and germplasm requirements to support target gains in yield potential and stability.
> New cereal varieties have minimum yield increases equivalent to 1% per annum as measured in National Variety Trials (NVT).
> New pulse varieties have minimum yield increases equivalent to 2% per annum as measured in NVT.
> New oilseed varieties have minimum yield increases equivalent to 1.5% per annum as measured in NVT.
- Increased number of pre-breeders develop priority traits in breeder-defined genetic backgrounds, and ready-to-implement selection tools to drive rapid adoption by breeding programs.
- Increased number of breeders and pre-breeders use accurate data analysis methods to interpret yield potential, stability and environmental data that inform selection for target production environments.
- Growers and their advisers have greater access to and make greater use of accurate, regionally relevant yield potential and stability data to choose an improved variety.
> New varieties currently available meet the expectations of at least 60% of growers.
> 40% of growers and their advisers use the NVT online data or attend an NVT field day, and of these 90% consider that the information obtained helped them in deciding which varieties to plant.