Field Day brings growers up to date on varieties, challenges

Field Day brings growers up to  date on varieties, challenges

PICTURED: Bellata farmers Glenn Fernance, Drew Penberthy and Mick Coffey at the Lochearn field day.

About 150 people travelled to ‘Lochearn’ east of Bellata on Tuesday to see exciting trials of the newest winter crop varieties.

Farmers, agronomists, bankers and industry representatives attended the field day, run by Kalyx and Drew Penberthy of Penberthy Agricultural Consultants (Penagcon).

New wheat, faba bean, chickpea, canola and safflower varieties were demonstrated.

A new variety of durum, Lillaroi, developed by the Department of Primary Industries was also launched on the day.

Crown rot resistance in wheat and legume treatments to induce higher yield in legumes were key discussion points while Richard Daniels from the Northern Grower Alliance spoke about nitrogen management and protein accumulation.

Steve Simpfendorfer from the Department of Primary Industries discussed crown rot and rust.

AMPS agribusiness trials were conducted on a nearby Edgeroi property to test the effect of different elevations on wheat crops.

The field days at Lochearn began in 2009 and have continued to grow over the last six years.

“The idea is to get industry people all in the one spot to have a look outside their own farm and introduce them to new things,” said host Drew Penberthy.

He said variable results are expected for harvest in the region.

“Things are looking spectacular east of the highway, it’s so variable west of the highway some places are looking good and others are marginal,” he said.

“Further west they will need rain within the next few weeks to get them through to harvest.”