Plots to showcase grazing cereal varieties at Henty

Aaron Giason, Baker Seed Co, will present a range of wheat, oats, triticale and ryecorn for inspection at the agronomy plots.

Grain growers will be able to inspect 27 cereal varieties plus a ryecorn planted across the demonstration plots at this year’s Henty Machinery Field Days.

The Henty Machinery Field Days Co-operative has partnered with Rutherglen company Baker Seed Co to present the latest dual-purpose and milling varieties for field day patrons.

Baker Seed Co sales and business development manager Aaron Giason said the two hectare demonstration plot complemented the fully replicated trial sites at Rutherglen used to identify elite germplasm within breeding programs.

This year’s demonstration site will feature 20 wheat varieties, five varieties of oats, a triticale, barley and a ryecorn.

The site had a green mature cover crop last winter and was deep ripped by CadMac at the field days last spring before being speed tillered in early April.

The cereal site was direct drilled by Kalyx Australia on a 23cm row spacing and seeding depth of 25mm on April 26.

The site was treated with Roundup ULTRAMAX at 2 litre/ha, Hammer at 45ml/ha and Sakura at 118gms/ha (wheat).

The plots sown to oats received applications of Roundup ULTRAMAX at 2 litres/ha and Hammer at 45 ml/ha.

The insecticide Adama Pyrinex Super was applied at 1 litre/ha.

Fertiliser applications were MAP with Impact at 80kg/ha with the seed, and 80kg/ha of Urea below the seed.

Mr Giason said the trial area was sown into moisture after 12.4mm of rain on April 23 and plant populations at emergence were 180 per square metre.

“On the area in front of the cereal trials we have included a high density pasture legume blend of Kingcote treated Arrowleaf, Balansa, red and white clovers,’’ he said.

Mr Giason said there were several numbered (unnamed) lines of wheat included in the trial.

“Among the wheat varieties, there is a potential Spitfire replacement along with some high yielding main season wheats,” he said.

“We’ve got several new oat varieties after receiving feedback on grower interest.

“Traditionally oats is a dual purpose crop and we can look at them beside the newer winter wheats.

“There has been interest in Planet barley from Seed Force as it is a high yielding variety with a little more adaptability for an opportunity crop.

“Growers will be able to compare the dry matter and growth habit of Planet to the oats.

“We included a ryecorn for its potential to produce quick feed in comparison to oats, wheat and Planet barley.”

Mr Giason said grower feedback on the site last year during the field days was positive.

“Because it was deep ripped last year leading up to sowing, we lost moisture and never gained it back,” he said.

“Last year’s site was quite tough and not representative of everything else happening on-farm.

“We lost all the moisture the growers were conserving on-farm themselves, and this had a negative impact on the trial.

“But, people were still interested in seeing the varieties and walking through them.”

Mr Giason said southern NSW crops have had a slow start with many dry sown.

“But, since the start the season has been a good one and crop establishment went well,” he said.

“There haven’t been too many setbacks in our area but much of the state of NSW is still in severe drought with many crops north of Dubbo not even planted.”