Time of sowing barley


Research organisaton
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Kate Burke (JSA Independent)
Simon Craig (BCG)
Ben Jones (Mallee Focus)
Year(s) 2010
Contributor Birchip Cropping Group
Trial location(s) Culgoa, VIC
Time of sowing barley locations

To evaluate the response of seven barley varieties to different sowing times.

Key messages
  • Time of sowing was not important for yield in a wet rainfall year with a soft finish.
  • Varietal selection was a bigger contributor to grain yield than the time of sowing in 2010. Choosing a variety well-adapted to a range of seasons will provide the greatest returns in the long term.
  • Hindmarsh performs well in dry and wet years, consistently yielding well at all sowing times. Commander was the best of the malt varieties, yielding similarly to Hindmarsh. However, Commander may struggle in drier years.
Lead research organisation N/A
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC DAV00138
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments N/A
Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Barley
Treatment type(s)
  • Sowing: Timing
  • Variety: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Culgoa 2010

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
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Trial source data and summary not available
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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Culgoa, VIC Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Culgoa, VIC Calcarosol
Soil Moisture Source: BOM/ANU
Average amount of water stored in the soil profile during the year, estimated by the OzWALD model-data fusion system.
Year Culgoa VIC
2010 574.0mm
2009 507.6mm
2008 477.9mm
2007 486.5mm
2006 524.0mm
2005 569.0mm
2004 506.7mm
2003 522.0mm
2002 478.5mm
2001 502.9mm
2000 495.0mm
National soil grid Source: CSIRO/TERN
NOTE: National Soil Grid data is aggregated information for background information on the wider area
Actual soil values can vary significantly in a small area and the trial soil tests are the most relevant data where available

Soil properties



Derived climate information

No observed climate data available for this trial.
Derived climate data is determined from trial site location and national weather sources.

Culgoa VIC


Some data on this site is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology

SILO weather estimates sourced from https://www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au/silo/
Jeffrey, S.J., Carter, J.O., Moodie, K.B. and Beswick, A.R. (2001). Using spatial interpolation to construct a comprehensive archive of Australian climate data , Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol 16/4, pp 309-330. DOI: 10.1016/S1364-8152(01)00008-1.

Trial last modified: 15-07-2020 13:58pm AEST