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Crackerjack 2 is a high performance mid/late forage type triticale, bred to provide high forage yields. It benefits from good early growth, excellent overall forage yield and good grazing tolerance. Crackerjack 2 is suited to rotational grazing and is an exceptional whole crop silage variety. Crackerjack 2 supersedes the original Crackerjack by Barenbrug.
Crackerjack 2 is ideal as a winter forage crop for dairy and livestock systems in Australia. It has been developed for whole crop silage production and is well suited to grazing and hay production. Crackerjack 2 is also an excellent option for paddock preparation and reducing weed/pest burdens for subsequent pasture renovations. It is particularly suited to areas where waterlogging and/or soil Al levels limit production for other cereals.
With good winter production as well as excellent spring yield of good quality forage, Crackerjack 2 makes a very versatile winter crop option. In all trials Crackerjack 2 has consistently out yielded other similar triticale varieties. It can be grazed through winter and then locked up for whole crop silage or hay production. For maximum whole crop silage yields the crop should only be grazed once early in the season, later grazing will reduce final yields.
Crackerjack 2 is stripe rust resistant and does not require fungicide treatments which can reduce the cost of production. Crackerjack 2 has high growth in autumn-early winter when most other triticale varieties tend to produce less, and continues to grow well for the spring bulk-up. With excellent green leaf retention it will produce very good quality silage or hay.