District wheat trials at Elliston in 2016


Research organisaton

Trial details

Researcher(s) Jacob Giles, Andrew Ware and Ashley Flint (SARDI)
Year(s) 2016
Contributor SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre
Trial location(s) Site 3, Elliston, SA
District wheat trials at Elliston in 2016 locations

These variety trials were identified as priorities by local agricultural bureau groups to evaluate commonly grown varieties, compare them to newly released varieties and provide further information on varietal performance in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Key messages
  • Elliston wheat varieties performed well above average in an exceptional year with a long, cool finish. A wide range of varieties yielded well. These included; Corack, Wyalkatchem, Cosmick, Shield, Yitpi, Mace, Emu Rock and Cutlass which all yielded similarly.
  • At Elliston, Scepter did not perform as well as expected. A late developmental issue may be the cause. 
Lead research organisation N/A
Host research organisation N/A
Related program N/A

Thanks to Nigel and Debbie May for the use of their land at Elliston.

Other trial partners Elliston Ag Bureau
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Crop type
Treatment type(s)
  • Variety: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Elliston 2016

Sow date 12 May 2016
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size 1.5m x 10m
Plot replication 3
Paddock history 2015: Grass free pasture 2014: Grass free pasture 2013: Wheat
Fertiliser <p>Fifteen wheat varieties, replicated three times, were sown on 12 May with 100 kg/ha of DAP fertiliser</p> <p>28 June: 3 L/ha of a chelated blend of zinc, copper and manganese (Smart Trace Triple) to remedy potential trace element deficiencies.</p> <p>another round of Smart Trace Triple @ 3 L/ha on 19 July</p>
Herbicide <p>Prior to sowing, 2.5 L/ha Boxer Gold, 1.6 L/ha Avadex and 2 L/ha Roundup were applied.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>28 June 1.4 L/ha of Bromicide MA and 0.15 L/ha Lontrel was applied for broadleaved weed control</p>
Insecticide <p>19 July Fastac was sprayed @ 200 ml/ha to combat red-legged earth mite,</p>
Fungicide <p>The trial was sown with DAP fertiliser (18:20:0:0) @ 100 kg/ha treated with flutriafol 250 fungicide @ 400 ml/ha.</p> <p>Prosaro @ 300 ml/ha on 22 September for foliar disease.</p>
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Trial results Table 1

# Variety
Protein (%) Test weight (kg/hL) Screenings (%) Yield (t/ha)
1 Corack 10.6 81.7 3 5.87
2 Wyalkatchem 10.7 83.2 1.5 5.8
3 Cosmick 10.6 83.2 6 5.71
4 Shield 10.9 82 3.7 5.53
5 Yitpi 11.6 80.2 4.6 5.49
6 Mace 10.6 81.6 2.5 5.45
7 Emu Rock 11.5 82.2 5.9 5.43
8 Cutlass 11.2 80.6 2.7 5.42
9 Scout 10.8 84.3 2.6 5.4
10 Trojan 10.6 83.3 2.3 5.22
11 Grenade CL Plus 11.2 82 2.4 4.95
12 Scepter 10 82.8 3.6 4.87
13 Kord CL Plus 12.1 81.8 3.2 4.68
14 Axe 12.2 80.7 1.3 4.37
15 Hatchet CL Plus 12.7 82.2 1.9 4.32
16 Site Mean 11.2 82.1 3.2 5.23

Protein %


Screenings %


Test weight kg/hL


Yield t/ha

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Site 3, Elliston, SA Grey sandy clay loam
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source
Trial site Soil order
Site 3, Elliston, SA Calcarosol
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 3, Elliston SA 2016

Observed climate information

Rainfall avg ann (mm) 427mm
Rainfall avg gsr (mm) 353mm
Rainfall trial total (mm) 546mm
Rainfall trial gsr (mm) 421mm

Derived climate information

Site 3, Elliston SA


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.