Happy har­vest hits half­way mark

AgLife - - News - BY JUS­TINE SEV­ERIN

Birchip Crop­ping Group’s tri­als har­vest is be­yond the half­way mark, with about 64 per­cent of the 144 tri­als har­vested.

Ex­cel­lent yields, lodged crops, small rain events and ma­chin­ery break-downs have ham­pered progress, mir­ror­ing the com­mon ex­pe­ri­ence of many Wim­mera farm­ers at this time of the year.

Nev­er­the­less, har­vest is ex­pected to be com­plete early in the new year.

With most of the Mallee re­search tri­als now har­vested, the Wim­mera is the fo­cus.

Al­ready tri­als at Kal­kee, Nhill and Lon­gerenong have been har­vested, in­clud­ing a bar­ley va­ri­ety com­par­i­son trial at Kal­kee.

Out­stand­ing yield results are a re­flec­tion on the sea­son, with some bar­ley va­ri­eties yield­ing an im­pres­sive 8.6t-ha.

Among the best yield­ing bar­ley va­ri­eties have been Fathom and Ros­alind, while Com­pass, which has been a con­sis­tent per­former in BCG and Na­tional Va­ri­ety Tri­als in re­cent years, failed to fin­ish in the top five – for yield.

The results for BCG crop va­ri­ety tri­als are dis­trib­uted to mem­bers within 48 hours of har­vest. This al­lows grow­ers to make early and in­formed va­ri­ety choices for 2017.

Last-minute as­sess­ments have also been keep­ing the re­search team busy, in­clud­ing bar­ley head-loss counts.

This in­for­ma­tion will be crit­i­cal in help­ing to un­der­stand how dif­fer­ent bar­ley va­ri­eties re­spond to wet spring con­di­tions and har­vest de­lays that can oc­cur due to in­clement weather.

The results will in­di­cate if va­ri­eties reached their peak or if yield was re­duced due to lodg­ing or other fac­tors.

Wim­mera canola tri­als have also un­der­gone fi­nal pod-shat­ter as­sess­ments be­fore des­ic­ca­tion and har­vest.

Af­ter Christ­mas the BCG team will look to fin­ish har­vest so results can be in­ter­preted and writ­ten up for pub­li­ca­tion in the BCG 2016 Sea­son Re­search Results com­pen­dium.

Many of the results from BCG’s 2016 re­search pro­gram will be pre­sented at a BCG Tri­als Re­view Day at Birchip on Fe­bru­ary 17. For de­tails log on at www.bcg.org.au.

ON TRACK: Birchip Crop­ping Group tri­als at Kal­kee, Nhill and Lon­gerenong, above, have been har­vested.

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