Trial results released
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.