Farming: Research supports early wheat sowing

Millewa grain grower Ron Hards.

Millewa grain grower Ron Hards.

EARLY sowing of winter wheat could extend the window of opportunities for planting, which has traditionally remained narrow for grain growers.

New findings from research by La Trobe University and CSIRO found Australian wheat crop yields could be “substantially” increased by early sowing of winter wheat, in line with what the region’s growers have been experiencing first-hand in the paddock.

Millewa grain grower Ron Hards was aware of “significant work” done on different early varieties that could be sown in March and April – that’s several weeks earlier than the traditional first week of May.

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