Neil Fettell (CWFS)
Laura Goward (CSRIO)
Brad Rheinheimer (CWFS)
Mat Ryan (AgGrow Agronomy)
Antony Swan (CWFS)
Rachael Whitworth (CSRIO)
|Contributor||Central West Farming Systems|
Rankins Springs, NSW
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 yields compare with traditional mid-May sowing?
The risk of stem frost damage can be minimised by using winter wheats if sowing prior to 20 April. Spring wheats should be kept within 5-7 days of their optimal sow date. If appropriate, risk of BYDV should be managed by backing up imidacloprid seed dressing with foliar insecticides at the start of tillering if aphids are present. New winter wheat cultivars are in the pipeline and are likely to have significant yield advantages over current ageing material.
|Lead research organisation||
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
|Host research organisation||N/A|
|Trial funding source||CSIRO CSP00178|
Increasing yield and reducing risk through early sowing in the Southern Grains Region - Part 2: National Expansion
CSIRO and CWFS would like to thank growers on the CWFS Early Sowing Project steering committees for input into experimental foucs and designs and Michael Pfitzner for hosting the trial, and GRDC for support in funding this project.
|Other trial partners||Not specified|
|Sow rate or Target density||3 @ early sowing (30,60,90 plants/m²); 1 @ at the second sowing (90 plants/m²)|
|Sow date||22 May 2014 17/4/2015, 22/05/2014|
|Harvest date||Not specified|
|Plot size||Not specified|
Top dressing 115kg/ha N in July
SILO weather estimates sourced from https://www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au/silo/
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