Agricultural Research Council
Overview of innovation

Currently, the ARC have three commercial cultivars, Ratel, Steenbok and Tredou.  Ratel consists of a medium growth period whereas Steenbok consists of a short growth period with good drought tolerance making it suitable for areas with a dry climate. Tredou is the newest addition to the ARC cultivar group and consists of a medium to long growth period. All of the above-mentioned cultivars have good straw strength, sprouting tolerance, hectolitre mass and are shatterproof. Yield data from the national cultivar evaluation trials for 2019 and 2020 showed that Steenbok are well adapted to dry seasons (2nd position in the Swartland, 2019) whereas Ratel and Tredou are well adapted to conditions in the Swartland and Rûens.

Type of Intellectual Property protection
Plant breeders rights
Innovation Opportunity Type
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Breeding and Reproduction Technologies
Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities
Agribusiness and Agbio
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 7 – Refined prototype created
Brochures, business plans, prospectus or other documents
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