Grower: Darryl Nesbith

Variety Yield
% of Sicot 746B3F Staple
Manual Class Micronaire Strength
Sicot 707B3F 11.80 4.78 103.6 1.18 38 31-4 4.1 30.8 38.3 82.1
Sicot 714B3F 11.50 4.65 101.0 1.19 38 31-4 3.9 31.1 39.2 81.2
Sicot 746B3F 11.39 4.61 100.0 1.17 37 41-3 4.0 30.9 39.7 81.1
Sicot 748B3F 10.57 4.28 92.8 1.2 38 31-4 4.0 32.0 38.1 81.2
Year2017 Trial TypeN/A Trial Design4RCB Balance of FieldSicot 746B3F
Planted05/10/16 Picked02/05/17 Previous CropLong Fallow Wheat Established MethodWatered Up
Plant Stand/m10.6 Rainfall (defoliation mm)254 Incrop irrigations12 Soil applied insecticideNo
Nitrogen (kg/ha N)255 Phosphorus (kg/ha P)38 Potassium (kg/ha K)12.0 Zinc (kg/ha Z)1.5
Heliothis sprays0 Insect sprays3 Pix applied (L/ha)3.4 Days to defoliation180

Condobolin suffered similar to many other growing regions in terms of a cold start, but was hampered by a flood and wet winter pre sowing. Both insects and heat impacted on the trial with the less indeterminate varieties of Sicot 707B3F and Sicot 714B3F coming out on top. Boll weights were back this season due to the heat and boll numbers although good in this trial early finished around the 145 boll/m.

Very wet winter saw a very disrupted ground prep for the 2016/17
crop. Managed only to apply half our pre plant nitrogen. Yet despite
the conditions, the crop went in on time (1st week in October). The
crop established well.
Early growing conditions were exceptionally cold during October/November and plant growth was slow. Early season mirid pressure was high tipping out plants at levels not seen for many years. This combined with the cold weather delayed flowering to beyond the New Year. Then came the second act! January started and the mercury immediately shot through the roof. The crop took offf but with little fruit soon got out of control. Four pix applications totallying 4.8 L/ha occured through the season to reduce vegeatative growth and cut the crop out. Six inches of rain in March then completed the act freezing bolls and making picking difficult and out turns were the worst we have seen in 10 years. The crop yielded ok considering the season that we had.