Sow what is best in win­ter

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE | FENCE POST -

THE Grains Re­search De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion has re­leased its Queens­land win­ter crop va­ri­ety sow­ing guide for 2019, which for the first time com­piles wheat, bar­ley and chick­pea va­ri­eties in the one lo­ca­tion.

Na­tional Va­ri­ety Tri­als of­fi­cer north Lau­rie Fitzger­ald said the guide al­lowed grow­ers to drill down into spe­cific crops, as well as char­ac­ter­is­tics such as yield per­for­mance and dis­ease rat­ings to en­sure se­lec­tions were ide­ally suited to lo­cal pro­duc­tion con­di­tions.

“Only va­ri­eties deemed suit­able for Queens­land con­di­tions have been in­cluded in the guide,” Lau­rie said.

The cor­po­ra­tion’s grower re­la­tions man­ager north Richard Holzknecht said hav­ing one guide cov­er­ing wheat, bar­ley and chick­peas was im­por­tant for grow­ers.

“Be­ing able to make an in­formed de­ci­sion about se­lect­ing the right va­ri­ety can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween a prof­itable and un­prof­itable crop,” he said.

Farm­stuff Monto agron­o­mist Ken­dall Muller said typ­i­cally the guide would only in­clude wheat va­ri­eties and there hadn’t been a bar­ley one in years.

“It’s good to have three va­ri­eties in the one guide,” he said.

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