Barley time of sowing and depth


Research organisatons
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Kenton Porker and Rob Wheeler (SARDI)
Year(s) 2013
Contributor Hart Field Site Group
Trial location(s) Site 5, Hart, SA
Barley time of sowing and depth locations

To compare the competing demands of timeliness of sowing versus sowing to maximise establishment (deep versus dry sowing, or waiting for adequate rainfall later in the season).

Key messages
  • LaTrobe, GrangeR, and Skipper had reduced emergence from deeper sowing under both dry and wet sowing conditions. 
  • Varieties differed in their sensitivity to sowing time; variety choice and sowing time influenced grain yield and quality more than sowing depth.
  • LaTrobe and Fathom were the highest yielding varieties across both sowing dates.
  • Commander and Skipper were the only varieties to suffer a yield penalty from early dry sowing.
  • GrangeR yielded similar to Commander at earlier sowing but less when delayed.
  • Screenings were greater than 7% and retention less than 70% in LaTrobe across both sowing times, and in Commander and GrangeR at earlier sowing only.
  • Skipper was the only variety to achieve malt specifications across both sowing times.
Lead research organisation South Australian Research and Development Institute
Host research organisation Hart Field Site Group
Trial funding source GRDC
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments N/A
Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Barley
Treatment type(s)
  • Sowing
  • Sowing: Timing
  • Variety: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Randomised,Replicated,Blocked

Hart 2013

Sow date 10 May 2013
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size 1.4m x 10m
Plot replication Not specified

DAP (18:20) + 2% Zn @ 70kg/ha

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Trial results Table 1

@T1: TOS 1 (10-05-2013) @T2: TOS 2 (31-05-2013)
# Variety
Screenings (<2.2mm sieve) (%) Protein (%) Grain yield (t/ha) Test weight (kg/hL) Screenings (<2.2mm sieve) (%) Protein (%) Grain yield (t/ha) Test weight (kg/hL)
1 Commander 8.9 10.4 4.56 67.4 4.5 10.8 5.02 67.4
1 Commander 3.3 10 5.42 68.2 1.3 11.1 5.2 68.3
2 Fathom 3 10.6 4.86 66.3 2.4 11.1 4.85 66.2
2 Fathom 7.3 10.5 4.67 67.8 3.2 10.9 4.68 67
3 Fleet 7.2 10.1 5.4 69.7 7.8 10.7 5.29 69.3
3 Fleet 4.4 10.4 4.44 69.8 2.8 10.7 4.98 69.3
4 Granger
4 Granger
5 La Trobe
5 La Trobe
6 Skipper
6 Skipper

Grain yield t/ha


Protein %


Screenings (<2.2mm sieve) %


Test weight kg/hL

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Site 5, Hart, SA Calcarosol
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source
Trial site Soil order
Site 5, Hart, SA Chromosol
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 5, Hart SA 2013

Observed climate information

Rainfall trial gsr (mm) 303mm

Derived climate information

Site 5, Hart SA


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 last modified: 06-06-2019 14:25pm AEST