Carina has been the most widely planted variety, totallying 304 hectares. The uptake of Carina is largely due to its self-fertility, sealed shell and yied potential. In addition, Carina is proving to shake well and have good resistance to pest and disease. Carina received 87 percent in the survey, leading all varieties for grower satisfaction.
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Vela was released in 2017 and with one less year since
commercialisation, it currently sits second behind Carina in terms of area planted with 79 hectares. Vela is a popular variety because of its yielding potential and self-fertility. However, this variety has been subject to some wind damage and breakages resulting in overall satisfaction of 66 percent.
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Maxima plantings currently occupy 65 hectares. This variety is not
self-fertile. However, due to its yielding potential, sealed shell and large kernel it shows great promise to growers. Some initial plantings have been removed due to bacterial spot but growers who have kept their plantings have since been able to manage the disease concern. Those growing Maxima scored their overall satisfaction with this variety at 81 percent.
Capella has experienced the smallest level of uptake with only 0.48 of a hectare being grown. Growers who have planted Capella chose it for its self-fertility and sealed shell. Due to so little being planted it is difficult to determine its performance.
M I R
There are a total of 31 hectares planted to Mira across six
Rhea is not a widely planted variety with only 15 hectares currently in the ground. It
properties. Mira is not as early yielding as other varieties and as a result many of the plantings are still coming into full production. This variety will need ongoing observation to determine how it is performing but at this stage growers’ overall satisfaction is at 72 percent.
received the lowest rating in terms of overall satisfaction due to poor scores on ‘how well it shakes’ and ‘current yields’ but these are judgements made on a small sample size.
All new varieties, whether they are Australian bred and tested or overseas varieties, have strengths and weaknesses. The ABA will continue to follow the performance of these varieties and provide information as a better understanding of specific agronomic practices under different growing conditions is gained.
For further information on the Australian bred almond varieties, visit the ABA website or contact the ABA Industry Development Officers, Josh Fielke and Ben Wiblin.