Sow what is best in winter
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.