|% of Sicot 74BRF||Staple
|Year||2014||Trial Type||N/A||Trial Design||CRBD 4 reps||Balance of Field||Sicot 71BRF|
|Planted||26/09/13||Picked||20/05/14||Previous Crop||Sunflowers||Established Method||Fallow Moisture|
|Plant Stand/m||8.0||Rainfall (defoliation mm)||231||Incrop irrigations||N/A||Soil applied insecticide||No|
|Nitrogen (kg/ha N)||N/A||Phosphorus (kg/ha P)||4||Potassium (kg/ha K)||N/A||Zinc (kg/ha Z)||0.1|
|Heliothis sprays||0||Insect sprays||1||Pix applied (L/ha)||N/A||Days to defoliation||201|
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.