• High yielding, mid season maturing variety
  • Milling potential grain with hectolitre weight, grain size and groat percentage equivalent to current milling varieties
  • Improved disease resistance package over current varieties
  • Tall-dwarf height and moderate stem diameter for hay production


Bannister (tested as WA0AT2354) was bred by the National Oat Breeding Program with researchers from the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) and the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI).
Pedigree: Bannister was crossed as 00Q164-21.
Short Pedigree: Dumont/Echidna Mortlock 1175Q:198 Swan Fulmark/Newton.


Bannister exhibited yield loss in trials with Tigrex® 1 L/ ha and Diuron 0.5 L + MCPA 0.5 L/ha applied at label recommended timing (Z13-Z14) in 2011. For further test results, refer to the NVT website.


Bannister is a tall dwarf oat variety similar in height to Wandering. It averages 11cm taller than Kojonup and 5cm shorter than Carrolup. Bannister is a mid season maturing variety similar in heading time to Wandering, three days later than Carrolup and four days earlier than Kojonup. Bannister is more lodging susceptible than Wandering and Kojonup and similar to Carrolup. Shattering susceptibility is similar to other dwarf varieties and a marked improvement on the tall variety Carrolup. Bannister has slower early vigour than Carrolup, Kojonup and Wandering.


Bannister has an improved disease resistance profile compared to the other main oat varieties in Western Australia. It has improved resistance to stem rust, leaf rust and septoria. It is similar to Carrolup and Kojonup for barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) resistance and inferior to Wandering. Its bacterial blight resistance is an improvement over Kojonup (similar to Carrolup and Wandering). Red leather leaf resistance is similar to Kojonup and Wandering and an improvement compared to Carrolup. Bannister is susceptible and intolerant to cereal cyst nematode.

Foliar disease resistance retinas for oat varieties from field trials in various states
Bannister Foliar disease resistance retinas for oat varieties from field trials in various states


Bannister has excellent grain yield across a range of rainfall zones in each state of Australia (average t/ha grain yield from 2005-11, with no. trials in brackets)
Bannister Grain Yield


Bannister is a high quality oat with potential as a milling variety. Hectolitre weight, grain size and screenings are similar to Kojonup and groat percentage is similar to Carrolup.
Average physical and chemical quality characters for oat varieties.Bannister Average physical and chemical quality characters for oat varieties
(combined WA. SA, VIC and NSW data, 2005-11)


Bannister is a tall-dwarf variety with moderate stem diameter suitable for hay production.
Average hay yield (t/ha) from 2005-11Bannister Average hay yield t slash ha from 2005-11
Average hay quality characteristics for oat varietiesBannister Average hay quality characteristics for oat varieties
(combined WA, SA and VIC data 2005-11)


Bannister is protected by Plant Breeder Rights, any unauthorised commercial propagation or any sale, conditioning, export, import or stocking of propagating material of this variety is an infringement under the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act, 1994.
Growers are allowed to retain seed from production of this variety for their own use as seed only.
An End Point Royalty of $2.53 per tonne (GST inclusive), which includes breeder royalties, applies to this variety.

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