Accelerating barley harvest timing


Research organisaton
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) N/A
Year(s) 2014
Contributor Irrigated Cropping Council
Trial location(s) Numurkah, VIC
Accelerating barley harvest timing locations

To test pre-harvest treatments in order to accelerate the ripening and harvest of barley in a double cropping sitution.

Key messages

Dessication and windrowing accelerated the rate of ripening of a lodged barley crop by 2 weeks, without affecting yield and grain quality.

Lead research organisation N/A
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC VIC000010
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments N/A
Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop types Oilseed: Canola Cereal (Grain): Barley
Treatment type(s)
  • Harvest: Timing
Trial type
Trial design

Numurkah 2014 Canola

Sow rate or Target density Not specified
Sow rate or Target density Not specified
Sowing machinery Not specified
Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
Psuedoreplication Not specified
Fertiliser Not specified
Herbicide Not specified

Numurkah 2014 Barley

Sow rate or Target density 150 pl/m2
Sow rate or Target density 150 pl/m2
Sowing machinery

Duncan tyned seeder, toothed roller

Sow date 27 April 2014 late April
Harvest date 14 November 2014 mid November
Plot size 6m x 250m
Plot replication 1
Psuedoreplication Not specified

100 kg/ha DAP at sowing, 100 kg urea/ha 15/06/2014, 100 kg urea/ha 31/07/2014


1.5 l/ha glyphosate 450 + 75 ml/ha Goal 24/04/14

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Trial results Table 1

# Treatment 1
Hectolitre weight (kg/hL) Grain yield (t/ha) Protein (%) Retention (%)
1 Direct Harvest 66.3 6.28 14.4 63.1
2 Dessicated 69.7 5.31 14.3 67
3 Windrowed 71 6.28 15.1 61

Grain yield t/ha


Hectolitre weight kg/hL


Protein %


Retention %

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Numurkah, VIC Clay loam
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Numurkah, VIC Sodosol
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 Numurkah VIC
2014 89.3mm
2013 79.1mm
2012 162.3mm
2011 191.4mm
2010 177.0mm
2009 71.2mm
2008 89.9mm
2007 32.6mm
2006 69.1mm
2005 151.4mm
2004 60.2mm
2003 57.6mm
2002 17.3mm
2001 134.9mm
2000 240.1mm
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.

Numurkah VIC


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

SILO weather estimates sourced from
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 report and links

2014 trial report

Trial last modified: 06-08-2019 07:54am AEST