Bellata

Grower: Angus Vickery


Variety Yield
(bales/ha)
Yield
(bales/ac)
% of Sicot 74BRF Staple
(decimal)
Staple
(imperial)
Manual Class Micronaire Strength
(gms/tex)
Turnout
(%)
Uniformity
(%)
Sicot 71RRF 4.78 1.93 103.9 1.14 37 41-4 4.0 29.3 42.6 82.9
Sicot 74BRF 4.59 1.86 100.0 1.21 39 51-5 3.9 29.5 43.7 83.0
Sicot 80RRF 4.47 1.81 97.3 1.22 39 51-4 3.8 30.1 41.5 84.3
Sicot 75RRF 4.46 1.81 97.1 1.19 38 51-5 3.9 30.3 43.9 84.0
Year2014 Trial TypeN/A Trial DesignRCBD Balance of FieldSicot 80RRF
Planted09/12/13 Picked07/07/14 Previous CropWheat Established MethodFallow Moisture
Plant Stand/m5.2 Rainfall (defoliation mm)258 Incrop irrigations0 Soil applied insecticideNo
Nitrogen (kg/ha N)0 Phosphorus (kg/ha P)0 Potassium (kg/ha K)0.0 Zinc (kg/ha Z)0.0
Heliothis sprays4 Insect sprays4 Pix applied (L/ha)600.0 Days to defoliation187

A great result in a very tough year for dryland crops. The late planting and extended summer helped the crop produce well above average yields. Plant stand was poor in the Sicot 74BBRF and Sicot 75RRF compared to the other varieties and this would have affected the final result. Although Sicot 71RRF won the trial its fibre length is too short to recommend for general dryland planting. Sicot 75RRF should be considered as a better option but care needs to be taken during the planting operation. Fibre quality was all good except the grade that was affected by rainfall after defoliation.

We had planned to plant this field in October but it didnt receive enough rain to join up with the sub soil moisture until December. In the end I am pleased we didnt plant until December because the yield was 3 times better than the early planted crop. Planting moisture was only just enough. We started planting 2 days after the storm dropped 40 mm and even so the plant stand declined for every day after that.

The crop was only a few inches high when the temperature hit 48 degrees C and by the time it started to flower the conditions were near ideal. A good fall of rain in early March turned the crop into a very good one.