Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has released two new varieties of field crops namely PBW 725 of wheat and Punjab Celery 1 of celery for general cultivation in Punjab. A thorough discussion on salient characteristics of these varieties was done before the release.
The varieties were approved for general cultivation during this meeting of the state variety approval committee. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Dr Jasbir Singh Bains, director of agriculture, Punjab.
The PBW 725 variety of bread wheat has been released in Punjab under irrigated timely sown conditions. The variety possesses a combination of several desirable traits like high-grain yield, resistance to rusts, good grain quality.
It is a double dwarf variety with an average plant height of 105cm. Its ears are medium dense and tapering in shape with white smooth glumes. Its grains are amber, hard, medium bold and lustrous. It matures in about 154 days.
The variety Punjab Celery 1 is the first celery variety developed by PAU. Its seeds are brown in colour with characteristic odour and pungent taste. These contain 1.9% essential oil with a total oil content of 20.1%.
The variety starts bearing flowers in March and matures in 140-150 days after transplanting. Its average seed yield is 4.46 quintals per acre.