Farm Table says:
This resource presents the following case study:
- Peter and Renee Burke
- Previously double cropped rice with a winter crop with success
- Decided to drill sow Viand into a wheat stubble
Why did they decide to direct sow into wheat stubble?
- 100mm of rain in early December provided an ideal seed bed with moisture
- The availability of excess water due to savings from switching his main rice program from dry broadcast to drill sown
- The availability of the short season variety Viand. The wheat harvest was not complete till early December – outside the recommended sowing window for Sherpa.
- Peter decided not to grow the premium variety YRK5 because he was concerned about lodging issues with a late harvest considering the large area he had to harvest and the late sowing date.
- Drill sowing direct into wheat stubble required less preparation work. Traditionally when he dry broadcast seed after canola he has had to work the paddock a couple of times to remove the trash.
- The availability of a spare irrigation outlet
What were the results?