2018 Crop Progression South Australia

2018 Crop Progression South Australia

Location: Outskirts of Murray Bridge township

Paddock Description: Track Paddock

Crop: Barley

Variety: Scope

Date Crop Sown: 5/06/2018

Soil Quality: Very sandy, almost non-wetting soil

Moisture Profile: 32mm rainfall total for 2018

Previous Crop: Scope barley

This season, in conjunction with a grain growing family in Murray Bridge Kate Phillips, is visually documenting a barley crop each month from sowing to harvest.

 

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Report 1: 15th June 2018

Pre-Sowing Rain: 

  • January – June 2018 = 17 mm

After Sowing Rain:

  • 15th June = 15mm

Sowing Rates:

  • 60kg/Ha Scope barley

Post Sowing Treatments:

  • 60Kg/ha Prime DLZ
  • 1.1L/ha Triflan
  • 120gms/ha Metribuzin 750

Report 2: 28th August 2018

Stage of the crop:

  • Tilling stage
  • Four weeks behind where it would normally be at this time of year
  • Some areas of the paddock look ok while others are starting to struggle

Rainfall since the last report:

  • July = 22mm
  • August = 22mm

Wins/Struggles:

  • Paddock has been relatively protected against recent winds
  • Lack of moisture causing the crop to struggle

Subsoil Moisture:

  • Moisture can be found when digging down (around eight inches in some areas). Plant roots seem to have found this and are utilising best they can.

Post Sowing Treatments:

  • None

Expected Tonnage:

  • If more rain is received and there is a soft finish, it’s expected to get just under 1MT/ha

Report 3: 18th October 2018

Stage of the crop:

  • Grain fill
  • Around four weeks from harvest
  • Most plants have one to two tillers on them
  • Heads are showing from 22 grains in the good areas down to 10 grains in the areas where conditions are a little tougher

Rainfall since the last report:

  • September = 7.5mm
  • October = 9mm

Wins/Struggles:

  • Warmer days, higher winds and lack of moisture have been the biggest issues.
  • Paddock is variable. In some areas it is looking pretty good, others plants are struggling to keep up
  • Rain will still be of use if it comes in the next few days

Post Sowing Treatments:

  • None

Expected Tonnage:

  • If the area has a good finish it is expected the paddock should yield around .5-.7MT/ha