Barley varieties and time of sowing - Nhill


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Trial details

Researcher(s) Linda Walters (BCG)
Year(s) 2016
Contributor Birchip Cropping Group
Trial location(s) Site 2, Nhill, VIC
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Barley varieties and time of sowing - Nhill locations

To compare the performance of new and existing barley varieties and the influence of sowing time
on crop performance.

Key messages
  • Fathom, Spartacus CL and Rosalind have performed consistently well at most sites in 2016.
  • Compass performed poorly when sown early, with substantial lodging and head loss. When sown later, it was one of the top performers with little to no lodging observed.
  • Fathom, Hindmarsh, La Trobe, Spartacus CL, Rosalind and Compass are consistently the top yielding varieties over a range of different seasonal finishes in the Mallee and Wimmera.
Lead research organisation Birchip Cropping Group
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC DAN00173
Related program Management of Barley and Barley Cultivars for the Southern Region

This research was funded by the GRDC as part of the Barley agronomy for the Southern Region project (DAN00173).

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Barley
Treatment type(s)
  • Sowing: Timing
  • Variety: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Blocked

Nhill 2016

Sow rate or Target density 140 plants/m2
Sowing machinery

Knife points, press wheels, 30cm row spacing

Sow date 14 May 2016
Harvest date 22 December 2016
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication 3

Granulock Supreme Z + Impact @ 50kg/ha at sowing; urea @ 100kg/ha at early tillering; urea @ 100kg/ha at mid tillering


Sowing                 Glyphosate 2l/ha

8/7                         Lontrel advance 100ml/ha, Uptake .5%

17/8                       Paradigm 25g/ha, MCPA LVE 400ml/ha, Lontrel adv 50ml/ha, BS1000 .25%


1/9                         Lorsban 500ml/ha

28/9                       Lorsban 1l/ha


17/8                       Prosaro 300ml/ha, BS1000 .25%

28/9                       Propriconazole 230ml/ha, BS1000 .25%

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Trial results Table 1

# Variety
Percentage of site mean (%) Grain yield (t/ha)
1 Commander 86 4.1
2 Compass 80 3.8
3 Fathom 95 4.5
4 Hindmarsh 105 5
5 La Trobe 103 4.9
6 Oxford 118 5.6
7 Rosalind 103 4.9
8 Scope CL 105 5
9 Spartacus CL 105 5
10 Urambie 118 5.6
11 Westminster 90 4.3

Grain yield t/ha


Percentage of site mean %

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Site Depth Type pH EC P K N A OC CAT
Site 2, Nhill, VIC 0 - 10cm 20.00 1.10
Site 2, Nhill, VIC 0 - 70cm 101.00
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Site 2, Nhill, VIC Clay
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source
Trial site Soil order
Site 2, Nhill, VIC Sodosol
National soil grid Source
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



Site 2, Nhill VIC 2016

Observed climate information

Rainfall trial total (mm) 455mm
Rainfall trial gsr (mm) 339mm

Derived climate information

Site 2, Nhill VIC

NOTE: Exact trial site locality unknown - Climate data may not be accurate

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.

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Trial last modified: 11-07-2019 15:11pm AEST