Variety - HV A403

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Royalty Status PBR Provisional Protection.(See Post)
Early Yield/Ha Typical
Later Yield Consistent
Kern Recovery 38 - 43%
Whole Kernels 30 - 55%
Kernel Wt 2.5 - 3.0g
First Grade 95 - 100%
Flower Season Mid Season
Harvest Season Late, clean drop
Tree Size Large
Husk Spot Unknown
Sticktights Low
Ethrel Response Poor
Abnorm Vertical (AVG) Appears Tolerant
Pollenisers Unknown

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Performance Details

A403 appears to perform well in most trial locations, but we are holding release in Australia due to its late harvest season.

Observed Benefits

  • Consistent performance across multiple sites

Observed Faults

The variety is in very early stages of adoption, no obvious faults have been observed at this stage.

  • Late harvest combined with low ethrel response.

Gross Income per Hectare in Trials

RVT Series 3 (RVT3) was a multi-region trial conducted on behalf of the Australian industry. It included a total of 30 genotypes as follows

  • Five industry Standards. The Standards at most sites were HAES 246, HAES 344, HAES 741, HAES 816 and HV A16. The exceptions were at Wirrawilla HAES 246 and HAES 741 were swapped with HAES 842 and HV A268; at Childers HAES 344 was not available.
  • 20 industry selections
  • Five Hidden Valley selections A376, A403, A422, A447 and A538 discussed in these pages.

Using the basic measure of Gross Income/Ha/Yr calculated from RVT3 data years 4 to 9 as basis for comparison, HV A403 performed as follows

  • Averaged across all sites it was $4,520/Ha ahead of the Standards by year nine of the trials.
  • Ahead of the Standards at all sites except Wirrawilla and Childers.
  • Acheived two site-specific Top 5 rankings, one site-specific Top 10 ranking, and an all-sites Top 5 ranking
Gross Income/Ha/Yr in RVT3
Mean of Years 4 to 9, $5/kg base price
HV A403
Acc Gain
/Ha to Y9
5 or 10?
Alstonville $12,159 $9,922 $2,237$13,423Top 10
De Cortez (B1) $10,664 $7,908 $2,755$16,532Top 5
Booyan (B2) $11,333 $11,018$315$1,891
Bundy Sugar (B3) $8,154 7,563 $592$3,549Top 5
Wirrawilla (AVG) $9,896 $10,513-$762-$3,703
Childers (to yr 7) $13,679 $14,441-$762-$4,571
Mean All Sites $10,981 $10,227 $753 $4,520 Top 5

These charts provide year by year detail on the table above. The Orange/Green change in background colour indicates positive cash flow on a typical costs basis.

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

Gross Income vs Year at Bundy Sugar
Gross Income vs Year at Wirrawilla (AVG)
Gross Income vs Year at Childers

Harvest Patterns

(Yellow sections indicate hand strip)

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

Harvest Pattern at Bundy Sugar 2017

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

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Compared to HAES 246, HV A403 has

  • smaller leaf undulations
  • a smaller micropile

Compared to HAES 816, HV A403 has

  • more leaf spines

Compared to HAES 741, HV A403 has

  • more leaf spines
  • a more rounded leaf tip

Compared to HV A422, HV A403 has

  • a smaller nut hilum


Image of leaf and nut

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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.