Rain in coming weeks is set to spark a mass planting of sorghum in northern NSW and southern Queensland, but growers are being warned not to plant without sufficient subsoil moisture in this early part of the summer-cropping window.
A focus on summer cropping and a concerted effort to push cropping frequency to 120 per cent underpin the innovative farming program run by the Petersen family on Queensland’s southern Darling Downs.
Black sesame is showing early promise as a speciality cropping option for Australian farmers with trials near Rockhampton in Queensland revealing its credentials, particularly its capacity to perform in tough, dry seasons.
Rain across much of the northern summer cropping zone over the weekend has boosted prospects for mung beans, sorghum and cotton, with some areas receiving their best falls for the season.
The shine has gone off the sunflower industry with only a limited area of the colourful oilseed crop sown throughout the eastern growing regions this summer.
Rain is the key ingredient needed to kick along summer crops in the northern farming zone where this week’s heatwave conditions are drawing down moisture reserves and hampering spraying operations.
Australian winter crop production is forecast to reach 34.9 million tonnes (Mt) in 2017-18, 41 per cent lower than the record production in 2016–17, according to ABARES’ ‘Agricultural commodities, December quarter 2017’ report released today.
The chance of rain this weekend throughout the northern, summer cropping zone will be welcomed in many districts where moisture has been an issue for this season’s sorghum plantings.
Grain growers making the decision to double crop into a more promising summer season are being urged not to rush or “gamble by guessing” when devising their crop nutrition programs.
Rutherglen bug (RGB) has been an increasingly frequent and very problematic pest for grain growers in Queensland and New South Wales over the past 10 years, but recently observed behaviours are causing further concerns.