Wee Waa

Grower: Clinton Freer


Variety Yield
(bales/ha)
Yield
(bales/ac)
% of Sicot 74BRF Staple
(decimal)
Staple
(imperial)
Manual Class Micronaire Strength
(gms/tex)
Turnout
(%)
Uniformity
(%)
Sicot 74BRF 13.11 5.31 100.0 1.2 38 41-3 4.5 30.6 42.8 80.4
Sicot 75BRF 12.93 5.24 98.6 1.22 39 41-3 4.4 31.4 39.8 82.4
Sicot 71BRF 11.97 4.85 91.3 1.2 38 41-3 4.3 31.1 39.6 81.1
Siokra 24BRF 11.31 4.58 86.2 1.21 39 41-3 4.1 31.0 37.9 80.9
Year2014 Trial TypeN/A Trial DesignCRBD with 4 reps Balance of FieldSiokra 24BRF
Planted11/10/13 Picked06/05/14 Previous CropWheat Established MethodWatered Up
Plant Stand/m13.0 Rainfall (defoliation mm)195 Incrop irrigations11 Soil applied insecticideNo
Nitrogen (kg/ha N)240 Phosphorus (kg/ha P)N/A Potassium (kg/ha K)N/A Zinc (kg/ha Z)N/A
Heliothis sprays0 Insect sprays5 Pix applied (L/ha)1.1 Days to defoliation178

A great result at this site with the hot season specialists Sicot 74BRF and Sicot 75BRF topping the trial. Over the last 3 season Sicot 74BRF has out yielded Sicot 71BRF by almost 0.5 b/ha. and should be the prime choice for Wee Waa growers.Very good fibre quality except for the colour grade.

We attempted to plant early and take advantage of the warm start but the season turned against us and delivered some very cold nights in late September. We replanted on the 11th of October and flushed the field. The crop got away to a very good start and never looked back.
We have used a combination of organic fertiliser (chicken manure) and traditional anhydrous ammonia for a number of years now with good results. In this field we applied 5 cubic metres of chicken manure and 180 units of N as gas prior to planting and then side dressed with 80 kg/ha of gas.
The crop used a lot of water due to the extreme heat and absence of any rain. We applied 10 incrop irrigations as well as 2 irrigations to water up. We used an 80 mm deficit for most of the season.
The yields we obtained in the trial field were very good but some adjacent fields were better. Overall we had a good season but the weather down grade hurt our profit.