Wheat has emerged as the standout crop this year in Western Australia where winter crops overall are in good shape, making up ground over the last month following reasonable falls of rain and warm growing conditions.
Widespread rain across much of the Western Australian cropping belt over the past couple of days has boosted winter crop prospects, particularly in the northern and central regions.
Wheat researchers have discovered a combination of genes that provide resistance to the significant fungal disease Stagonospora nodorum blotch (SNB) in Western Australian varieties.
Australian crop and weed agronomy will be taken into the future with the opening of a state-of-the-art laboratory at The University of Western Australia (UWA) on Tuesday as well as the appointment of a new director to lead the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI).
Western Australia’s estimated canola area has dropped 9.2 per cent in the past month, while the forecast barley planting has risen 5.2pc to a record high, according to the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia (GIWA) June crop report released on Friday.
The Australian Grain Growers’ Co-operative, which was established to help growers find their feet in a deregulated market, is winding up its operations this month.
Rabobank’s 2018-19 winter-crop estimate has forecast Australia’s wheat production at 22.9 million tonnes, the mid-point of its range estimate whose upside depends on further rain in coming weeks to allow establishment of late-planted cereals.
Nuseed Australia is testing a new model for canola royalty collection this year with HyTTec Trophy, which comes with a modest pricetag for a hybrid, but requires end-point royalties to be paid on delivered seed.
Despite the forecast for a drier than average start to the growing season in Western Australia, growers should carefully review the disease ratings for the varieties in their cropping programs this year.
Some Western Australian growers may need to be particularly vigilant about post-emergent weed control this season given numbers of germinating weeds could be high in certain regions following recent rainfall.