2020 Western Australian Crop Sowing Guide

Page last updated: Monday, 9 March 2020 - 4:54pm

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The Crop Sowing Guide for Western Australia is a one stop shop for variety information on all the major crops grown in Western Australia. This edition includes the major crops grown in WA – wheat, barley, canola, oat and now a new section on pulses. The publication aims to provide information to support growers with decisions on the best choice of variety for each of the major crops for the upcoming season. The pulse section also include a "agronomy guide" summary to support management decisions required for these high value industries.

Not sure whether pulses are for your system? Yields and break even yields are listed in the pulse section plus a guide on picking a pulse that might be suitable for your property. Please also consult your local advisor for more specific information for your local area.

The barley section includes market feedback from GIWA, as market demand, pricing signals and location of segregation sites should be considered along with the agronomic management required and the risk associated with delivering malt grade barley.

When deciding whether to implement a new variety into your farming system, it’s important to determine whether the change will provide an advantage. A new variety should;

•           have better or equal yield and disease traits

•           provide diversity or risk mitigation

•           suit the current market requirements.

The guide provides variety characteristics, disease ratings, and agronomic information for the major crops. Grain yield summaries have been provided from the NVT website (nvtonline.com.au) and also supported by other DPIRD trial information.

The release of this publication should assist growers with making variety choices for the 2020 season. It is important for growers and consultants to review disease resistance ratings in autumn 2020 to ensure current resistance ratings of varieties are known. The 2019 Canola NVT data is available now, while data for the other crops and long term summaries will be available early in 2020 via the NVT website and the Long Term Yield Reporting tool. Updated barley and wheat snapshots will also be available on the DPIRD website by March 2020.

Readers of the Crop Sowing Guide will notice some minor changes compared to the individual Variety Sowing Guides for wheat, barley, canola and oat. The changes have been made with recommendations from GRDC and a DPIRD review involving industry consultation and a workshop.

This edition of the Crop Sowing Guide for WA has been compiled by officers in the DPIRD with investment from the GRDC and DPIRD.

The 2020 Crop sowing guide for Western Australia will be distributed to subscribers of the GRDC's GroundCover Network magazine in December, 2019.

The complete document or individual crop sections can be downloaded from this web site. Note that Agzone maps for canola and lupins are shown on the back page of the complete document or page 6 for the cereal agzone map. 

Contact information

Blakely Paynter
+61 (0)8 9690 2115
Mark Seymour
+61 (0)8 9083 1143