Early sowing

Recently published research by James Hunt and co-authors in Nature, Early sowing systems can boost Australian wheat yields despite recent climate change, has identified widespread yield benefits to the Australian grains industry from early sown wheat. Potential factors to consider include variety, seeding rate, nitrogen timing, grazing potential and yield impact, and sowing date.

There are currently over 230 trials in OFT on early sown crops including wheat (83), canola (28), lentils (21), field peas (20), barley (17), faba beans (16), chickpeas (13) and other crop types (33).

To access further information on the benefits of early sowing, refer to the following GRDC publications:

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Early sown winter wheats - Booleroo

Dylan Bruce, Sarah Noack (Hart Field Site Group), Kenton Porker (SARDI) and James Hunt (La Trobe Uni)

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To investigate the potential yield increases available with early sown winter wheats.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Sowing Timing Variety Variety Type
, SA
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Early sown winter wheats - Hart

Dylan Bruce, Sarah Noack (Hart Field Site Group), Kenton Porker (SARDI) and James Hunt (La Trobe Uni)

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To investigate the potential yield increases available with early sown winter wheats.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Sowing Timing Variety Variety Type
Hart, SA
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Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Type Grazing Timing
Nile, TAS
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Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Rate
Nile, TAS
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Managing early sown wheat in a dry season

Genevieve Clarke (BCG), Kelly Angel (BCG), James Hunt (La Trobe University) and Kenton Porker (SARDI)

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Experiment 1: To investigate the suitability of new and pre-release winter wheat varieties to the Wimmera and Mallee and define their optimal time of sowing.
Experiment 2: To investigate the amount of rainfall required to establish an early sown winter wheat crop in the Wimmera and Mallee.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Variety Type
Narraport, VIC Clay
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Managing early sown wheat

Kelly Angel and Genevieve Clarke (BCG), Ash Wallace (Agriculture Victoria), Kenton Porker (SARDI) and James Hunt (La Trobe University)

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To investigate the suitability of new and pre-release winter wheat varieties to the Wimmera and Mallee, and define their optimal time of sowing.

Crop type: Wheat 3 trials Sowing Timing Variety Type
Curyo, VIC Sandy clay loam Clay
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Managing early sown wheat

Kelly Angel and Genevieve Clarke (BCG), Ash Wallace (Agriculture Victoria), Kenton Porker (SARDI) and James Hunt (La Trobe University)

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To investigate the suitability of new and pre-release winter wheat varieties to the Wimmera and Mallee, and define their optimal time of sowing.

Crop type: Wheat 3 trials Sowing Timing Variety Type
Longerenong, VIC Clay
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  1. To obtain data on late March and early April sowing of canola varieties.
  2. To determine if changing variety to better match season length improves yield.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Crop Type Sowing Timing
Wongan Hills, WA
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Westmere, VIC
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Inverleigh, VIC
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To conduct an early sown wheat variety trial at Nyngan.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Variety Variety Type
Nyngan, NSW
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Agronomy for Early Sown Canola

Martin Harries, Mark Seymour, Jackie Bucat, Bob French and Sally Sprigg

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To consolidate information and provide guidelines for best bet management of canola sown at or before mid-April.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Crop Type Sowing Timing
, WA
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Agronomy for early sown canola

Martin Harries, Mark Seymour, Jackie Bucat, Bob French and Sally Sprigg

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To consolidate information and provide guidelines for best bet management of canola sown at or before mid-April.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Sowing Timing Variety Type
, WA
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Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Variety Type
Longford, TAS
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Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Type Variety Type
Unknown, VIC
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To address the question, what would happen if a commercial cereal crop was sown at such an early date?

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Type Sowing Timing
Minnipa, SA Sandy clay loam
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Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Type Grazing Regime
Perth, TAS
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To evaluate the effect of plant growth regulator (PGR) appliaction in early-sown first wheat grown under different levels of nitrogen application.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate
Yarrawonga, VIC
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To evaluate the effect of plant growth regulator (PGR) appliaction in early-sown first wheat grown under different levels of nitrogen application.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate
Yarrawonga, VIC
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To investigate the interaction between plant growth regulator (PGR) and nitrogen application in early-sown first wheat.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate
Dookie, VIC
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To examine the interaction between additional nitrogen application above grower practice and the response to plant growth regulator (PGR).

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate
Redlands, NSW
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To examine the interaction between additional nitrogen application above grower practice and the response to plant growth regulator (PGR).

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate
Yarrawonga, VIC
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To investigate the interaction between plant growth regulator (PGR) and nitrogen application in early-sown first wheat.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate
Dookie, VIC
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To examine the interaction between additional nitrogen application above grower practice and the response to plant growth regulator (PGR).

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate
Redlands, NSW
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Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Grazing Regime Sowing Rate Sowing Timing
Epping Forest, TAS
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Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Grazing Regime Sowing Timing
Nile, TAS
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To examine the influence of two nitrogen timings: 40kg N/ha applied at tillering (GS22) or first node (GS31) and four fungicide strategies on levels of yellow leaf spot (YLS).

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Timing Fungicide Type Fungicide Timing
Coreen, NSW
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Aims:

To examine the influence of two nitrogen timings: 40kg N/ha applied at tillering (GS22) or first node (GS31) and four fungicide strategies on levels of yellow leaf spot (YLS).

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Timing Fungicide Timing
Coreen, NSW
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Aims:

To examine the influence of two nitrogen timings: 40kg N/ha applied at tillering (GS22) or first node (GS31) and four fungicide strategies on levels of yellow leaf spot (YLS).

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Timing Fungicide Timing
Coreen, NSW
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Aims:

To examine the influence of two nitrogen timings: 40kg N/ha applied at tillering (GS22) or first node (GS31) and four fungicide strategies on levels of yellow leaf spot (YLS).

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Timing Fungicide Timing
Coreen, NSW
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Aims:

To examine the influence of two nitrogen timings: 40kg N/ha applied at tillering (GS22) or first node (GS31) and four fungicide strategies on levels of yellow leaf spot (YLS).

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Timing Fungicide Timing
Coreen, NSW
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  • To determine if early sown canola benefits from seed dressings in low rainfall environments.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Pesticide Application
Salmon Gums east, Ted’s Road, WA Sand
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Field peas - Ascochyta blight, HRZ South West

Jason Brand and Tibebu Nigussie (DEDJTR), Christine Walela, Sarah Day, Amanda Pearce, Jenny Davidson, Andrew Ware and Larn McMurray (SARDI)

Aims:

  • To improve the success of early sown field pea varieties through identifying foliar fungicides strategies with higher levels of efficacy than the current foliar fungicide of mancozeb on blackspot.

Crop type: Field peas 1 trial Fungicide Fungicide Type Fungicide Application Variety Type
Rokewood, VIC Sandy clay loam
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Field peas - Ascochyta blight, LRZ Central Mallee

Jason Brand and Tibebu Nigussie (DEDJTR), Christine Walela, Sarah Day, Amanda Pearce, Jenny Davidson, Andrew Ware and Larn McMurray (SARDI)

Aims:

  • To improve the success of early sown field pea varieties through identifying foliar fungicides strategies with higher levels of efficacy than the current foliar fungicide of mancozeb on blackspot.

Crop type: Field peas 1 trial Fungicide Fungicide Type Fungicide Application Variety Type
Ouyen, VIC Sandy clay loam
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Field peas - Ascochyta blight, LRZ Southern Mallee

Jason Brand and Tibebu Nigussie (DEDJTR), Christine Walela, Sarah Day, Amanda Pearce, Jenny Davidson, Andrew Ware and Larn McMurray (SARDI)

Aims:

  • To improve the success of early sown field pea varieties through identifying foliar fungicides strategies with higher levels of efficacy than the current foliar fungicide of mancozeb on blackspot.

Crop type: Field peas 1 trial Fungicide Fungicide Type Fungicide Application Variety Type
Curyo, VIC Sandy clay loam
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Field peas - Ascochyta blight, MRZ Wimmera

Jason Brand and Tibebu Nigussie (DEDJTR), Christine Walela, Sarah Day, Amanda Pearce, Jenny Davidson, Andrew Ware and Larn McMurray (SARDI)

Aims:

  • To improve the success of early sown field pea varieties through identifying foliar fungicides strategies with higher levels of efficacy than the current foliar fungicide of mancozeb on blackspot.

Crop type: Field peas 1 trial Fungicide Fungicide Type Fungicide Application Variety Type
Rupanyup, VIC Sandy clay loam
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Field peas - Ascochyta blight management, LRZ Upper Eyre Peninsula

Jason Brand, Keshia Savage (DEDJTR), Christine Walela, Sarah Day, Amanda Pearce, Jenny Davidson, Andrew Ware, Larn McMurray (SARDI), Mark Richards, Eric Armstrong, Luke Gaynor, Karl Moore, Russell Pumpa and Jon Evans (NSW DPI)

Aims:

To improve the success of early sown field pea crops through identifying foliar fungicides with higher levels of efficacy than the current foliar fungicide of Mancozeb on Blackspot disease (using PBA Coogee).

Crop type: Field peas 1 trial Fungicide Fungicide Type Fungicide Timing Fungicide Application
Minnipa, SA
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Field peas - Ascochyta blight management, MRZ Mid North

Jason Brand, Keshia Savage (DEDJTR), Christine Walela, Sarah Day, Amanda Pearce, Jenny Davidson, Andrew Ware, Larn McMurray (SARDI), Mark Richards, Eric Armstrong, Luke Gaynor, Karl Moore, Russell Pumpa and Jon Evans (NSW DPI)

Aims:

To improve the success of early sown field pea crops through identifying foliar fungicides with higher levels of efficacy than the current foliar fungicide of Mancozeb on Blackspot disease (using PBA Coogee).

Crop type: Field peas 1 trial Fungicide Fungicide Type Fungicide Timing Fungicide Application
Pinery, SA
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Field peas - Ascochyta blight management, MRZ Mid North

Jason Brand, Keshia Savage (DEDJTR), Christine Walela, Sarah Day, Amanda Pearce, Jenny Davidson, Andrew Ware, Larn McMurray (SARDI), Mark Richards, Eric Armstrong, Luke Gaynor, Karl Moore, Russell Pumpa and Jon Evans (NSW DPI)

Aims:

To improve the success of early sown field pea crops through identifying foliar fungicides with higher levels of efficacy than the current foliar fungicide of Mancozeb on Blackspot disease (using PBA Coogee).

Crop type: Field peas 1 trial Fungicide Fungicide Type Fungicide Timing Fungicide Application
Hart, SA
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To maximise yield via maximising wheat biomass using early sown winter wheats.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Type Sowing Rate
Kerang, VIC Vertisol
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The aim of this trial was to compare the performance of very early sown wheat varieties, their early grazing potential and ability to recover from grazing.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Grazing Regime Variety Type
Birchip, VIC Clay loam
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To investigate the interaction between plant growth regulator (PGR) and nitrogen application in early-sown first wheat.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Timing Growth regulator Application
Yarrawonga, VIC
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Aims:

To investigate the interaction between plant growth regulator (PGR) and nitrogen application in early-sown first wheat.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Timing Growth regulator Application
Yarrawonga, VIC
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Increasing yield and reducing risk through early sowing in South Western NSW

Neil Fettell (CWFS) James Hunt, Brad Rheinheimer, Tony Swan, Laura Goward (CSRIO) Barry Haskins, Rachael Whitworth, Mat Ryan (AgGrow Agronomy)

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This trial addresses issues which may be a barrier to early sowing in the region. In particular; 1. What varieties preform well from early sowing? How do winter and long season spring varieties compare? 2.Can early sown crops be managed to avoid excessive vegetative growth and low harvest index, particularly in dry finish? 3. How do early sown y… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Timing Variety Type
Rankins Springs, NSW Red sandy loam
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  • To assess the ability of conventionally sown Hindmarsh barley crops at Jil Jil and Nullawil to recover from grazing, the effects on straw and grain yield production and on grain quality.
  • To consider the place of early sown feed versus grazing crops in low rainfall farming systems.

Crop type: Barley 2 trials Grazing
Jil JIl, VIC Nullawil, VIC
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With limited barley varieties suited to the high rainfall zone, it is important that there are agronomy packages available that suit each variety to maximise production and profitability. This project is helping to build a strong database of knowledge for targeted variety management, which will give advisors and growers confidence to try new var… read more

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Timing Variety Type
Westmere, VIC
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  • To test the yield response of six chickpea varieties across 2 different sowing times (TOS) and three targeted plant populations in southern NSW.

Crop type: Chickpeas 1 trial Sowing Sowing Timing Sowing Row spacing
Yenda, NSW
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  • To maximise yield of new lentil varieties through the identification of optimum sowing dates and
    stubble management strategies to aid in disease management and harvestability.

Crop type: Lentils 1 trial Sowing Sowing Timing Stubble Stubble Management
Mallala,
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To report on lentil disease management x time of sowing, Paskeville and Maitland, Yorke Peninsula, SA

Crop type: Lentils 2 trials Fungicide Fungicide Application Variety Variety Type
Maitland, NSW Paskeville, SA
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Aims:

  • To evaluate the suitability of different wheat and barley varieties for both grazing and grain production, when sown early in the cropping program in low rainfall western Victoria.
  • To evaluate how the stage at which the crop is grazed affects its recovery.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Grazing Timing Sowing Timing
Corack, VIC
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