Shep­par­ton pro­duc­ers scoop the maize pool

19.5 tonne Maize crop wins na­tional award

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - FRONT PAGE -

A MAIZE crop grown out of Shep­par­ton has taken out a na­tional award, with all three top placeget­ters from the same re­gion.

Ian and Mary Ha­mono from Cooma won the ir­ri­gated sec­tion of the Na­tional Maize Com­pe­ti­tion, with Craig Reynolds from Congupna and Kagome Farms from Rochester round­ing out the top three.

The Ha­mono fam­ily grew a crop of Pioneer hy­brid P1467, which was yield tested at 19.54 tonnes per hectare and used just six me­gal­itres per hectare of wa­ter through­out sum­mer.

“I had a pretty good inkling that I was right up there with the yield that I got,” Mr Ha­mono said.

“It’s pretty neat – I was run­ner up last year, so I would have been re­ally dis­ap­pointed if I didn’t make the grade this year.”

Each sea­son, Mr Ha­mono care­fully con­sid­ers his crop­ping op­tions for the area, ir­ri­gated via both sub-sur­face drip ir­ri­ga­tion and pivot.

Dur­ing the 2017/18 sea­son, the av­er­age price of wa­ter was around $115/ML for Goul­burn 1A, at the time equat­ing to a to­tal cost of $690/ha just for wa­ter.

The award win­ning crop was sown at a rate of 95,000 seeds per hectare, fol­low­ing a vetch silage crop the sea­son be­fore.

The area was then subbed up us­ing the sub-sur­face drip ir­ri­ga­tion be­fore be­ing strip tilled and di­rectly planted to maize.

Mr Ha­mono said one of the ad­van­tages of sub-sur­face ir­ri­ga­tion was be­ing able to ap­ply ni­tro­gen to the crop dur­ing the sea­son to match de­mand, with a to­tal of 270kg/ ha ap­plied dur­ing the grow­ing sea­son.

The ni­tro­gen ap­pli­ca­tions com­menced af­ter seed­ing, with ap­prox­i­mately 39kg/ha of ni­tro­gen ap­plied fort­nightly un­til tas­selling.

Mr Ha­mono typ­i­cally tar­gets 16 tonnes per hectare for maize across his en­tire prop­erty, which in­cludes medium and short sea­son va­ri­eties of grit and feed.

Late last month, he planted the same va­ri­ety of maize, hop­ing to crack 20 tonnes/hectare for next year’s com­pe­ti­tion – and per­haps make it a back to back win

“I put a bit of jun­gle juice with this year’s lot, and a bit more fer­tiliser,” Mr Ha­mono said. "The record crop is 2.5 tonnes, from out at Boort – that's the plan."

Just down the road at Congupna and Craig Reynolds took out sec­ond place in the ir­ri­gated

sec­tion with a yield of 19.18 tonnes per hectare from Pioneer® hy­brid P1467, ir­ri­gated via flood ir­ri­ga­tion us­ing 6.5 ML/ha, at a WUE of 2.95 tonnes per ML of wa­ter.

Kagome Farms, from Rochester, were a very close third with a yield of 19.12 tonnes per hectare from Pioneer® hy­brid P1504E

First prize in the ir­ri­ga­tion cat­e­gory in­cluded air­fares and ac­com­mo­da­tion to the value of $5000 to at­tend an in­ter­na­tional maize in­dus­try event.

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MAIZE WIN­NER: Ian and Mary Ha­mono, farm­ers from Cooma, have taken out the ir­ri­gated cat­e­gory of the Na­tional Maize Com­pe­ti­tion, yield­ing a 19.5 tonne Maize Crop. The top three win­ners were all from the Shep­par­ton re­gion. Pic­tured (from left) are An­drew Pol­lard from event spon­sor Netafim, win­ner Ian Ha­mono, and lo­cal agron­o­mist Luke Na­gle.

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