Trial re­sults re­leased

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life - BY JES­SICA LEMON BIRCHIP CROP­PING GROUP

Birchip Crop­ping Group has re­leased re­sults from an ex­cit­ing 2016 re­search pro­gram and is pre­par­ing for more of the same in 2017.

BCG has sched­uled to sow its first trial in an ex­ten­sive pro­gram at Lon­gerenong, near Hor­sham, on March 15.

It was a longer than nor­mal har­vest at BCG, with the Win­ter­seiger plot har­vester and its operator Daryl Bur­dett con­tracted to har­vest high­yield­ing crops in Tas­ma­nia.

Har­vest­ing high-yield­ing Tas­ma­nian wheat crops, with an av­er­age yield of 12t-ha, was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for Daryl, who re­ported the best yield­ing va­ri­ety reached a phe­nom­e­nal 16.3 t-ha – a vast dif­fer­ence from top Wim­mera wheat yields of about 5t-ha.

To pre­pare for sow­ing for crop­ping, BCG has or­gan­ised soil sam­pling for farm­ers in the Wim­mera and Mallee.

Soil tests give grow­ers a good un­der­stand­ing of the soil nu­tri­ent sta­tus and the cur­rent soil mois­ture po­si­tion.

Hav­ing this in­for­ma­tion can help in mak­ing de­ci­sions about which pad­dock is best suited to which crop type and when, and how much, fer­tiliser to ap­ply.

An­other prod­uct that can as­sist farm­ers with de­ci­sions about crop in­put is Yield Prophet, an on­line crop mod­el­ing tool that pre­dicts crop yield.

To ef­fec­tively use this tool, pre­sow­ing soil mois­ture and ni­tro­gen sta­tus is needed.

Re­sults from BCG’S 2016 field tri­als have been re­leased in the 2016 Sea­son Re­search Re­sults com­pen­dium.

Mem­bers will re­ceive a copy of the 230-page book this week.

To be­come a BCG mem­ber, peo­ple can call the group on 5492 2787.

A point of dis­cus­sion raised by farm­ers at BCG’S re­cent Tri­als Re­view Day was the best time to sow crops.

BCG is at­tempt­ing to pro­vide in­sight into this ques­tion, run­ning a range of field tri­als that test the per­for­mance of crops sown at dif­fer­ent times.

Very soon, the early time of sow­ing treat­ments will be in the ground.

With high stub­ble loads in the Wim­mera in 2016, many farm­ers will be think­ing about the best way to man­age their stub­ble to avoid lengthy is­sues at sow­ing.

With a bumper 2016 sea­son, that came on the back of a par­tic­u­larly wet spring that made timely spray­ing dif­fi­cult, pad­dock weeds are more preva­lent.

Sum­mer spray­ing will be cru­cial to avoid large in-sea­son weed loads that will be harder and po­ten­tially more ex­pen­sive to con­trol.

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