Variety - Hidden Valley A16

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Hidden Valley A16 was selected in 1981. The A Series selections began in 1980 and the most recent selection made in 1998 was A473. These selections were made over the years, from over 10,000 seedlings of known parentage. A16 was the sixteenth selection made in the A Series progeny lines.

A small precocious very upright tree that produces a high yield per hectare. Nuts slightly oval. It is denser than A4, rarely grows over 9m tall. Precocious. Susceptible to Husk Spot. Falls mid to late season and tends to crop over long period. Performs well at high altitude and low light levels.

A16 is an industry standard variety included in RVT Series 3 for comparison. This page presents information about in the same format as our variety pages to aid growers’ decision making.

Royalty Status PBR 1988-2008, expired, no royalties due
Early Yield/Ha Precocious
Later Yield Moderate
Kern Recovery 40 - 45%
Whole Kernels 40 - 50%
Kernel Wt 2.7 - 3.2g
First Grade 99 - 100%
Flower Season Mid Season
Harvest Season Mid to Late
Tree Size Compact
Husk Spot Susceptable
Sticktights Moderate, worse in dry conditions
Ethrel Response Weak Effect, needs higher rate
AVG Partially Tolerant
Pollenisers 246, 344, 660, 741, Daddow


A16 proved to be a reasonable performer in RVT3

Observed Benefits

  • Smaller growth habit

Observed Faults

  • Late harvest season and some sticktights can lead to a problem with Husk Spot.
  • Some growers shake the trees to recover all the crop in an aceptable time.

Performance in Trials

In RVT Series 3 to year nine, A16 was ahead of the average of standards at DeCortez, Childers and Wirra Willa.

Using accumulated Gross Income per Ha as a comparator, on average it was $2,980/Ha ahead the standards by year nine of RVT 3.

Note the following table uses mean annual Gross Income/Ha/Yr as opposed to accumulated value above.

Gross Income/Ha/Yr in RVT3
Mean of Years 4 to 9, $5/kg base price
HAES 246Mean of 5
Alstonville $8,806 $9,922
B1 (De Cortez) $8,937 $7,908
B2 (Booyan) $10,685 $11,018
B3 (Bundy Sugar) $7,289 7,563
Childers (to yr 7) $17,560 $14,441
B4 (Wirra Willa) $10,773 $10,513

Gross Income vs Year

(Orange/Green change indicates positive cash flow)

Gross Income vs Year at Alstonville
Gross Income vs Year at Booyan
Gross Income vs Year at DeCortez

Harvest Patterns

(Yellow sections indicate hand strip)

Harvest Pattern at Alstonville 2017
Harvest Pattern at Booyan 2017
Harvest Pattern at DeCortez 2017

Our more detailed discussion of RVT Series 3 results is available here.

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Some data and images courtesy of DAFF Qld. Data is compiled to best of our knowledge at the time of publication but errors are possible. Data presented is not a guarantee of performance in future orchards; real world performance is highly dependent on the combination of genetics, environment and management. Interpretation of the data presented and resulting decisions are entirely the grower's responsiblity.