|% of Sicot 74BRF||Staple
|Year||2014||Trial Type||N/A||Trial Design||RCBDx4 reps||Balance of Field||Sicot 71BRF|
|Planted||01/10/13||Picked||13/05/14||Previous Crop||Fallow From Wheat||Established Method||Fallow Moisture|
|Plant Stand/m||11.2||Rainfall (defoliation mm)||140||Incrop irrigations||3||Soil applied insecticide||No|
|Nitrogen (kg/ha N)||143||Phosphorus (kg/ha P)||0||Potassium (kg/ha K)||2.0||Zinc (kg/ha Z)||0.0|
|Heliothis sprays||0||Insect sprays||0||Pix applied (L/ha)||0.6||Days to defoliation||195|
A very tough year at Breeza. Extreme heat and lack of useful rain put a strain on irrigation systems. Water was stretched to ensure the whole farm was irrigated. The high PAWC of the Breeza soil helped and overall yields were near average. With Bourke like weather experienced at Breeza the full season varieties performed best this season. Sicot 74BRF and Sicot 75BRF were well ahead ofSicot 71BRF. However the 3 year mean still shows Sicot 71BRF about 0.23 b/ha higher yielding than Sicot 74BRF. We still recommend Sicot 71BRF as the preferred variety for the Breeza region. Fibre quality was all very good and the Breeza region largely escaped the grade discounts experienced further down the valley.
We had a reasonable start and established a good even plant stand. The heat started early and we put our first irrigation on a week or so earlier than normal. It was a challenge to keep water up to the farm with our bores running 24/7 and still not keeping up with demand. In the end we we put the last irrigation on the trial field a few day earlier andbet on some raiin to finish the crop. We were lucky and did get a couple of small falls and a good drop in early March.
The crop did have some mild hormone damage early on as well as quite high thrip pressure.
We achieved good weed control with 2 over the top Roundup sprays and an inter row cultivation. Not much disease and we didnt spray for any insects.
Overall we were happy with the yield and quality considering the hot dry season.