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Source: New South Wales Department of Primary Industries

1 May 2020

Grain growers and agronomists can make better cropping decisions and increase profitability with the specialist information in the Winter crop variety sowing guide 2020 edition published by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

The guide is updated annually with new variety characteristics, grain quality and technical information, based on the latest research and development results from both NSW DPI and industry programs.

DPI Technical Specialist Pulses and Oilseeds, Don McCaffery said it’s been the best seasonal break for grain growers for close to a decade with many locations receiving 175-350 mm since the start of the year.

“This year will be the first crop for many growers for four years in the northern areas of the central west and the north west of the state,” Mr McCaffery said.

“The Winter crop variety sowing guide will assist growers with informed planning, variety selection and management decisions that are right for their farming systems.

“It’s important that growers choose the most suitable variety for each paddock with the right sowing time and tactical crop management to achieve the chosen variety’s yield potential.

“The new variety releases for 2020 include seven canola, seven spring wheat, two oats, one chickpea, one faba bean and one barley.

“When growers are considering a new variety it’s important to compare the yield, grain quality and disease resistance of the new variety with currently grown varieties.

“To reach their full potential, varieties must be grown in a rotation that minimises the risks from diseases and weeds and maximises soil fertility and soil moisture storage.

Mr McCaffery said the early break has meant that most of the state’s canola crop and faba beans are in the ground and establishing on a good profile of stored soil water

“Early sown cereal and canola dual purpose crops have been very popular this year as mixed farmers begin the recovery from drought,” Mr McCaffery said.

“Around 50 per cent of winter crops are still to be sown, with May being the main sowing month for milling wheats, barley and chickpeas.”

The Winter crop variety sowing guide is available to download from the DPI website, or contact your local agribusiness store, Local Land Services or DPI office to arrange a hard copy.

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