Inaugural results and gongs to be handed from first year of hyper yielding crops initiative

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The results from the Albany area in the first year of the hyper yielding crops initiative by the Grains Research and Development Commission will be announced at an awards night later next week.

Led by FAR Australia, the project spans five States — WA, NSW, SA, Victoria and Tasmania — and aims to push the economically attainable yield boundaries of wheat, barley and canola.

The first year of the trial focused on barley in the Green Range, but wheat and canola will also be trialled later in the four-year project. The Green Range trials were sown in May 2020 and harvested in November and December.

Each of the seven local trials looked at different objectives.

FAR Australia’s Rachel Hamilton said the initiative also invited growers to join a network and host paddock-scale trials.

“Through this new investment, high yield potential cultivars suited to local environments are being identified,” she said. “The most appropriate agronomic management tactics — including paddock selection and preparation, canopy management, disease, weed and pest control and crop nutrition strategies — are being explored to assist with grower and adviser decision making.”

The results of the Albany trials will be shared at the event, with a potential yield calculation and a Q&A session.

A hyper yielding crops awards program was set up as part of the initiative to encourage everyone with an interest in increasing productivity to get involved.

The winning farmers will be announced in two categories —highest yield and highest yield based on percentage of potential — at an awards night on July 14 at the Green Range Country Club.

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