Growing innovation.

Elders Plant Genetics is our hallmark R&D program. Focused on improving productivity in Australian agriculture through the development of new seed varieties, the program works towards overcoming the limitations and weaknesses of current breeds on the market.

Elders Plant Genetics is the result of a collaboration between Elders and Edstar Genetics which began in 2004. In that time, the program has developed partnerships with Murdoch University in WA, the DPI in Victoria, and the Cobbitty Plant Breeding Institute at the University of Sydney.

High Yielding. High Quality.

As a result, we have developed a number of high quality grain varieties that produce higher yields, are tailored to the conditions of specific regions, and are more resistant to pests and disease.

The development stage is supported by an extensive review process where we engage growers in providing feedback. This trial period ensures that varieties are performing as designed and are catered to the challenges that our clients face.

Breeding genetic material is a slow and costly process but one with the potential to add significant value to farming operations. This investment is a reflection of our increasing focus on finding innovative solutions to meet the needs of our clients and remaining leaders in the field of agronomic excellence.

Elders Plant Genetics varieties are available at Elders branches around Australia.


Our High Yielding, Versatile Grain Varieties

Maltstar Barley

Maltstar is an export malt profile barley with long maturity (currently under malt evaluation).

  • High yielding
  • Excellent straw strength
  • Excellent head retention
  • Long season variety
  • Very good disease resistance
  • Resistant to Powdery Mildew (MLO11)
  • Target zones: Western Australia 1, 3 & 6

View Maltstar Variety Tech Note


Alestar Barley

Alestar is a domestic malt profile barley (currently under malt evaluation) with medium maturity and excellent straw strength.

  • High yielding
  • Medium maturity (similar to Commander)
  • Excellent straw strength
  • Excellent head retention
  • Very good disease resistance
  • Resistant to Powdery Mildew (MLO11)
  • Target zone: Victoria

View Alestar Variety Tech Note (VIC)

View Alestar Variety Tech Note (South West VIC)


Tungsten Wheat (AH)

Tungsten is a high yielding Australian Hard (AH) wheat. It is an outstanding protein accumulator with early to medium maturity.

  • Classification AH
  • Early to medium maturity (similar to Wyalkatchem wheat)
  • Excellent protein accumulator
  • High Nitrogen utilisation
  • Wide adaptability
  • Plant height similar to Mace wheat
  • Very good disease resistance
  • Target zones: Central, North & Eastern wheat belt, Western Australia

View Tungsten Variety Tech Note


TenFour Wheat

TenFour is a high yielding feed grade wheat.

  • Tops NVT’s for Yield in Victoria
  • Early maturity (7 to 10 days earlier than Gregory & Suntop wheats)
  • Wide adaptability across regions
  • Excellent straw strength
  • High hectolitre weight
  • Very low screenings
  • Solid disease package
  • Excellent water use efficiency

View TenFour Variety Tech Note

Ready to increase your grain yield or find out more information? Contact your Elders agronomist today.

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