New resource for grain growers

GRAIN growers in South Australia, Victoria and southern New South Wales looking to take advantage of early autumn rainfall by sowing winter wheat have a new resource at their fingertips.
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The GRDC has a new guide for early-sown wheat in south-east Australia. Picture courtesy GRDC.

Staff writer

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has developed the ‘Ten Tips for Early Sown Wheat' resource which covers a range of considerations for sowing wheat early including location, paddock selection, dry sowing, soil moisture, cultivar choice, crop protection, grazing and nitrogen.

Combined, these considerations can help growers to achieve flowering in the optimal flowering period from early sowing opportunities, which is a short period in spring (approximately 10 days) during which crops must flower to maximise yields.

Achieving optimal flowering can make a big difference to yield and profit and costs very little to achieve. However, there are some challenges to consider when sowing wheat early.

For example, location and prevailing climate can influence when the optimal flowering period occurs. ‘Ten Tips for Early Sown Wheat' provides the optimal flowering date for key locations across the southern region and the germination date to achieve the highest yield of a fast spring cultivar such as Scepter.

The publication advises growers in frost-prone areas to have the crop flowering seven to 10 days later by delaying sowing or using a variety with a slower development pattern.
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