Andersons’ barley a winner in RASQ Crop Competition

Emma Alsop, May 8, 2024

AGF Seeds Will Bazley and RASQ Crop Competition Champion Crop winner Wayne Anderson. Photo: AGF Seeds

KINGSTHORPE farmers, Peter and Wayne Anderson from Arcadia Rural have set a new record with their high yielding irrigated barley crop in the Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland Crop Competition.

The relatively new variety developed in France, Fandaga, yielded 9.41 tonnes per hectare, smashing the previous irrigated barley record by almost 2t/ha.

The record-breaking crop also secured the Andersons the RASQ Champion Crop award, scoring 259 points.

Reserve Champion Crop went to Paul Elsden from Elsden Farms at Brookstead with an irrigated maize crop, variety Pioneer P1837, that yielded 15.89t/ha.

Mr Elsden also took home the reserve spot last year with another irrigated maize variety, Pioneer P1756.

The awards were presented last month at the Toowoomba Royal Show.

A strong competitor, Elsden Farming, topped the irrigated legumes section with a soybean crop, variety New Bunya, which yielded 4.5t/ha.

New entrants Neil and Sasha Schimke from the Lockyer Valley showed the burgeoning cotton region could compete with more experienced growers in the Darling Downs.

The Schimkes came in second place with a 6 bales/ha dryland crop, just behind class winners Ralph Grey from Green Drake with 6.5b/ha.

Competition chair Andrew Speed said while numbers were down, quality of entries was very strong.

He said the Andersons’ maize crop was a high point of the competition, and showcased the skill of the growers and their team, as well as the quality of the country and potential of the variety.

“It’s definitely broken the record from the previous best crop by a couple of tonnes a hectare,” Mr Speed said.

“I believe 200 points would be close to the previous record and anything above that beat the previous record.

“It is well above, so it’s a huge crop.”

Variety behind win

Wayne Anderson said he believed it was the traits of Fandaga that pushed the yield and gave them the win.

Planted after a crop of carrots, this was the first time the Andersons had trialed the variety.

Released in Australia for 2022 and distributed by AGF Seeds, Fandaga is a medium-height feed barley bred in France for high and consistent yields and disease resistance.

“It’s very refreshing that some of these varieties are so good,” Mr Anderson said.

Mr Anderson said the family planned to “grow it again” and believed the variety could do even better.

“All things being equal, if we grow it again, I think we could better the yield.”

AGF Seeds northern New South Wales and Queensland Will Bazley said he inspected the crop before harvest and saw its potential.

“It was out there looking at it and we knew it was going to be a very good crop,” Mr Bazley said.

He also praised the experience and skill of the Andersons as a major factor in the success of the crop.

“They’re Mickey Mouse operators, there’s no doubt about that.

“They’re top notch, they don’t cut any corners, and they’re in some of the best country in Australia.”

SORGHUM Entrant Location Variety Yield kg/ha
1st Yarramalong Farming Pittsworth Pacific MR Taurus 9593
2nd Nass Family Oakey Pioneer A88 8330
3rd Glenn Milne Jimbour Plains Pioneer A88 7440
1st Adelong Holdings Pioneer P1837 9626
COTTON bales/ha
1st Green Drake Jondaryan 6.5
2nd Neil Schimke Lockyer Valley 6
3rd Pat & Nicala McVeigh Jimbour Plains 5.4
LEGUMES        kg/ha
1st Elsden Farms Brookstead New Bunya 4526
2nd Charles Farming Co Cambooya Fernside 4165
3rd Clapham Farming Brookstead Dominator 3776
1st Elsden Farms Brookstead Pioneer P1837 15,891
2nd Charles Farming Co Cambooya Pioneer P1756 14,248
FIBRE CROPS        bales/ha
1st New Leaf Ag Condamine 15
2nd McVeigh Partnership Dalby 14.3
Neil Hart Family Trust Chinchilla 14
BARLEY       kg/ha
1st – Champion Arcadia Rural Kingsthorpe Fandaga 9841
Placing Entrant Show society Variety Points
1st Girraween Farming Oakey Sunblade CL 164.75
2nd Ulster Farming Co Dalby Sunmaster 164.15
Placing Entrant Show society Variety Points
1st Billmac Farming Pittsworth Maximus 192.35
2nd Rosenburger Oakey Leabrook 150.39

Table 1: RASQ Irrigated, Dryland and Field Wheat and Barley 2024 Crop Competition results.

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