The University of Adelaide’s durum breeding program officially launched their new, state-of-the-art small plot harvester yesterday.
“Giorgia” is a Wintersteiger DELTA, specifically designed for harvesting small experimental plots and can comfortably harvest more than 15,000 breeding trial plots per year. This machine is a significant new investment for the southern node of Durum Breeding Australia, which is part of the University of Adelaide.
Dr Jason Able, Senior Lecturer in Plant Breeding & Southern Node Leader Durum Breeding Australia, said “The new DELTA has significant new capabilities including on-board weighing, which will dramatically speed up the process of harvesting and downstream processes associated with the annual harvest. This will make our breeding program more efficient, and allow the breeding team back at base to get samples ready for quality testing in a quicker time frame than what was previously possible.”
The new machine has been christened “Giorgia”, a name which originates from Latin and means ‘Earth-worker, farmer’. Jason said that in naming the machine, he wanted her to be connected to the land, and this name was identified being very appropriate given also that the breeding program has a well developed collaborative relationship with San Remo Macaroni Pty Ltd which has very strong Italian heritage links.
Jason added “San Remo have contributed a significant financial contribution to the durum program over a number of years, and continue to do so. They see the value in being able to inject these much needed funds to a breeding program that ultimately supports their business through the development and release of new, improved durum varieties that are suitable for their very high quality pasta products.”