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Quick Maturing Sorghum Hybrid Critical on Darling Downs Dryland Country

Brett Campbell says 'yield and standability in sorghum is important, plus we also want a variety with a good midge rating'

Quick Maturing Sorghum Hybrid Critical on Darling Downs Dryland Country

2017/18 Season

Owners: Brett Campbell
Farm location: Dalby, QLD

Operating a dryland property at Brymaroo on the Darling Downs, Brett Campbell understands the importance of selecting sorghum hybrids with an early-to-mid maturity, allowing crops to finish on a dry end to a season.

The Campbells are long-term users of Pioneer® brand products on the 400-hectare property ‘Max Vale’, where Brett is third generation, predominantly growing grain, plus some cattle and sheep.

With a long history planting Pioneer® hybrid G22 grain sorghum, in recent years the Campbells have transitioned to Pioneer® hybrid G33 grain sorghum, and in 2017/18 also trialled one block of Pioneer® hybrid G44 grain sorghum.

“Yield and standability in sorghum is important, plus we also want a variety with a good midge rating,” Brett says. “We've also found G33 has a good grain size and the screenings have been very low in the past.

“In 2017, we had a dry year and so we doubled-cropped into summer, taking advantage of the fertiliser left over in the soil profile from the failed winter crop.

“We were looking for a sorghum variety that was early-to-mid maturity, showed good standability and a strong midge rating, so that's why we chose G33 this season.”

Brett planted the G33 on a full profile of moisture at the end of December 2017, but no rain fell for the whole of January.

“The G33 endured very harsh heat and continuous wind after planting, putting the seedlings to the test,” Brett recalls. “However, it pulled through and we had some really good rain in February.

“We did put one spray for grubs over it and we also applied a preventative midge spray at the same time.”

The midge rating of G33 was an important consideration according to Adam Pitman, Pioneer® Area Sales Manager for Dalby and Western Downs.

“G33’s midge rating, at six, is really good, so it just gives a little bit more flexibility with making decisions on midge sprays,” Adam explains. “It gives growers a bit more tolerance, so they can allow a few more midge numbers before they have to spray.

“Otherwise, G33 is a good stander, a compact plant, and importantly it’s a hybrid that's going to yield.”

Brett acknowledges the good on-farm support he gets from Adam and Pioneer®, saying it’s important to get follow-up service and support throughout the season.

“It's good that Adam takes an interest and comes in to give us the support that we need, it's great,” he says.

“Looking forward, our G33 and the G44 trial strip are showing great potential, so we'll just see how the yield ends up, plus the grain quality and screenings, and compare the two varieties. We will also be keen to look at A66 for this season.

“We'll then decide on which particular sorghum variety we continue to go with, but either way it will be Pioneer, I've been a big supporter.”


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