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2024 Grain Sowing Guide for Queenslanders

18 November 2023, AU: Queensland grain growers have an opportunity to fine-tune varietal selection ahead of next year’s planting with the release of the 2024 Queensland Winter Crop Sowing Guide.

The guide uses updated results from the National Variety Trials (NVT) program and is a definitive source of all the information growers need to choose the most suitable variety for any given location and situation.

NVT results – published on the NVT website and in the sowing guide – include NVT yield, disease and pest resistance results for the past five years.

GRDC manager, National Variety Trials (NVT) – north, Laurie Fitzgerald explains that with results published online so quickly, growers don’t need to wait to plan their 2024 varietal selection.

“The 2024 Queensland Winter Crop Sowing Guide draws on the advice, knowledge and experience of experts in the grains sector, as well as validated trial data to provide growers with information that will allow them to make informed choices ahead of next season,” Mr Fitzgerald says.

“Traditionally, growers have had to wait to access these results but now, growers can subscribe to receive NVT results as soon as they are published on the NVT website.”

NVT trial results from individual sites are published as soon as the trials are harvested, and the results released. When results from all trials are released, a multi environment trial (MET) analysis is conducted, and the results published on NVT Long Term Yield Reporter.

“Growers can request results for the specific trials they are interested in, making it a perfectly tailored solution to access all year round, whenever growers or their advisers have time to start planning which crop variety to plant,” saysMr Fitzgerald.

“All data is published postharvest, as soon as it is available, and the printed guide and pdf are released later – but both in time to ensure growers can access the past year’s results in time to make variety decisions for next season and source the seed they want.”

The NVT program is the largest independent co-ordinated trial network in the world. Across Australia each year, GRDC manages more than 650 trials, sown at over 300 locations for 10 crop species.

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