Grower: Andrew Pursehouse

Variety Yield
% of Sicot 74BRF Staple
Manual Class Micronaire Strength
Sicot 74BRF 4.28 1.73 100.0 1.19 38 31-3 4.6 30.2 42.9 82.4
Sicot 71BRF 4.07 1.65 95.1 1.16 37 31-3 4.6 29.9 39.4 82.1
Siokra V-18BRF 3.90 1.58 91.0 1.17 37 31-3 4.6 29.5 39.3 82.2
Sicot 43BRF 3.68 1.49 85.9 1.12 36 41-3 4.9 29.0 38.9 82.2
Year2014 Trial TypeN/A Trial DesignCRBD 4 reps Balance of FieldSicot 71BRF
Planted26/09/13 Picked20/05/14 Previous CropSunflowers Established MethodFallow Moisture
Plant Stand/m8.0 Rainfall (defoliation mm)231 Incrop irrigationsN/A Soil applied insecticideNo
Nitrogen (kg/ha N)N/A Phosphorus (kg/ha P)4 Potassium (kg/ha K)N/A Zinc (kg/ha Z)0.1
Heliothis sprays0 Insect sprays1 Pix applied (L/ha)N/A Days to defoliation201

Certainly a remarkable result given the hot dry summer. It was suggested the crop should be removed early on because it looked so bad, but the recovery in February and March was amazing. Sicot 74BRF performed best this season but on average Sicot 71BRF is a better option for dryland growers in the Breeza region. Very good fibre from all of the varieties.

We planted the crop much earlier than we normally do because we were concerned about the planting moisture disappearing. We planted 11 seeds per metre and about 8 emerged about 3 weeks later.

It was a hot dry year. Rainfall was particularly low in the critical January/February period but the fallow moisture and single skip configuration helped the crop through the tough summer.

We only applied 1 Roundup spray but had to inter row cultivate to control fleabane. Thrip numbers were quite high this year and gave the crop a touchup. We had to apply Rogor for the first time in many years to allow the crop to outgrow the pests.

Overall we were happy with the yield and quality obtained given the harsh summer.