Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: Wheat Varieties for 2013

It is important for growers to continue to review their varieties annually, but they should avoid placing too much emphasis on what happened in the previous year (i.e. a single year of data). For more than a decade, Yitpi reigned supreme across the Mallee, but over the past two to three years there has been […]
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Lentils in the Southern Mallee: Varieties, sowing dates and herbicide tolerance

The Southern Pulse Agronomy program undertakes a range of agronomic trials that ensures the benefits of new pulse varieties are maximised and delivered to growers. The research outlined below focuses on the impacts of sowing dates and improved herbicide tolerance. In the southern Mallee, it is generally best practice to sow lentils earlier (late April-early […]

Hindmarsh Still Dominates: Barley Varieties for 2013

As part of a funded tri-state initiative, BCG, NSW DPI and SARDI compared new barley lines with current varieties to determine whether specific management packages were required. Increasingly, variety specific management is an important consideration when deciding whether new varieties fit into particular farming systems. Hindmarsh is a perfect example of a variety that needs […]

Reduce risk: mix varieties at sowing

Take home messages frost and heat shock events can cause significant damage to grain crops during flowering and grain filling to reduce the risk of frost or heat events reducing yield, it is advisable to sow different varieties with different maturity lengths right through the sowing window to ensure that not all the wheat sown […]

Chickpea variety sowing guide 2012

BACKGROUND Pulses are an important part of cropping systems in the Mallee and Wimmera. Chickpeas are one pulse option for farmers, with varieties available with good adaptation to the region, improved ascochyta blight resistance and increased yields. Suited to southern Australia, the medium-to large-seeded kabuli type varieties GenesisTM  114 and GenesisTM 115 are available through […]

Wet soil in April: is early sowing possible?

Take home messages Sowing cereals in early April on a soil profile full of water is possible if: long season varieties are planted to ensure that the crop does not flower before the high-risk frost period has passed the topsoil is moist at seeding to ensure that the crop germinates and allows for early root […]

Lentil variety sowing guide 2012

BACKGROUND Pulse Breeding Australia (PBA), in conjunction with lentil commercial seed partner PB Seeds Pty Ltd (Horsham,) will be releasing the first lentil variety with improved herbicide tolerance for 2012 sowings. PBA Herald XT (CIPAL 702) will be released with improved tolerance to label rates of flumetsulam (Broadstrike®, Multitude®). Post emergent applications of flumetsulam at […]

Why are cereal phenology and maturity dates important to grain growers?

BACKGROUND Crop phenology is the study of the life cycle of crops and how it is influenced by seasonal variations in climate. The maturity of cereal crops is controlled by their response to average daily temperatures (thermal time), but this is moderated by day length (photoperiod) and cold requirement (vernalisation). Different wheat and barley varieties […]

Canola varieties – 2011

BACKGROUND After a wet summer with record rainfall of 481 mm (November 2010 – March 2011), canola was sown with confidence in 2011. The area sown to canola in Victoria tripled, reflecting this confidence resulting from a full profile of stored soil moisture and the fact that paddocks were in need of a break from […]
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Wheat varieties – 2011

BACKGROUND “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucius Farmers have been growing wheat for decades, yet we are constantly changing varieties to avoid the risk of disease and to increase yield. When comparing varieties, it is important to understand which risks are manageable and which are not. For example, in […]
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Selection of canola lines for low rainfall environments in south eastern Australia

BACKGROUND The development of a profitable break crop in a low rainfall cereal growing areas is essential for sustainable and profitable systems. Canola has many valuable characteristics as a break crop for cereals (eg nonhost for nearly all cereal diseases, herbicide tolerance, high value grain and well-anchored stubble). GRDC has supported a small program for […]

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