Selecting suitable varieties for the chosen end market, aligned with the farm system and rotation, will help deliver sustainable returns.
Take a precise approach It is possible to identify the optimal seed rate for each variety in relation to the land you are drilling, the soil conditions and the drilling date. Field performance can be improved, however, by understanding soil variability. A soil survey of each field will enable variable drilling according to seed bed quality to reach optimal plant populations.
Trials have shown yield improvements of over 3.5% from variable drilling when compared with flat rate drilling. Many drills can connect to a GPS system to allow this approach.
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3D Thinking in Action
The Frontier trials identify key characteristics of the different varieties and their relative suitability for different situations and markets. Establishment, nutrition and management strategies are also tested by variety to give growers an insight into best practice to deliver the highest yield at the right quality.