[ASC-media] 'Whitton Wheat Window Winds Up Well': InterGrain Media Release
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Tue Mar 31 21:22:18 PDT 2015
InterGrain Media Release - April 1, 2015
Whitton Wheat Window Winds Up Well
Transitioning smoothly from summer crops to winter crops can be problematic.
This is particularly so when coming out of cotton, given the short fallow
period required under cotton technology protocols means the sowing date for
the winter crop can fall in late May.
Such is the dilemma regularly confronting Commins Enterprises, a diverse
family business in Whitton, NSW, conducting engineering and logistics
services for the local wine and cotton industries, as well as farming 2000
hectares under irrigation.
The Commins family grows cotton, wheat and beans, with typical rotations
being cotton/cotton/ wheat and cotton/cotton/beans.
For that reason, George Commins set about researching a wheat that would fit
his preferred window and still reach its genetic potential in such
He quickly identified Emu Rock, InterGrain's high yielding, high quality,
short season, AH wheat, as the right fit.
After conducting his own paddock assessment on the variety in 2013, George
determined that Emu Rock suited his rotational regime and he 'pencilled it'
for wider plantings in 2014.
"Our usual scenario is to water up for planting and then, depending on the
volume of winter rainfall and water availability, the wheat may receive two
to three growing season irrigations."
In 2014 about 150 ha was sown to Emu Rock, with Suntop wheat making up the
balance of the 200ha wheat program. The Emu Rock was sown at 100kg/ ha with
DAP and in-crop fertiliser included foliar trace elements and water run
With disease typically managed according to variety profile and seasonal
conditions, George was attracted to Emu Rock's sound rust package.
Fortunately, 2014 didn't present much of a rust challenge due to dry spring
Emu Rock has a good disease package, offering growers stripe rust resistance
diversity (MR-MS rating) and a useful level of crown rot resistance (MS). A
crown rot resistance rating of MS is among the highest commercially
The plant structure of Emu rock was also a plus in George's system.
"Emu Rock has good straw strength and this is a real advantage, as irrigated
wheats can sometimes be prone to lodging. This trait was a prime
consideration in us moving over to Emu Rock from Ellison and Gregory," he
Another plus for Emu Rock was the relatively low biomass production, without
compromising yield potential.
"The stubble load left after harvesting Emu Rock is very manageable when we
move onto cotton, as we like to incorporate the stubble residues and
sometimes bulky stubble loads cause issues associated with over wintering
insect problems, such as wireworm."
Harvesting the Emu Rock was a straight forward process.
"Being an even height and easy to thresh, compared to tougher threshing
wheats, Emu Rock made for a trouble free and efficient harvest.
"With Emu Rock yields between 4t/ha and 6t/ha and easily making the H2
specification for protein test weight and screenings, it was a very
"As Emu Rock has a relatively large grain size, we didn't have to deal with
off spec grain, which can be costly and time consuming at the business end
of the season," George said.
Commins Enterprises intend planting the bulk of their wheat area to Emu Rock
in 2015 and George is confident the variety will continue to fit really well
into their dual cropping system.
Emu Rock is available for farmer to farmer trading and from registered
InterGrain Seedclub members or local resellers.
For further information and details on Emu Rock, growers are encouraged to
contact InterGrain's Eastern Territory Manager, Bill Greenslade, Mobile 0448
883 624 or visit the InterGrain website at www.intergrain.com
Authorised by InterGrain and issued on its behalf by Brendon Cant of BCA PR,
Mob 0417 930 536.
For more information, contact: Ash Brooks, Marketing Manager, InterGrain,
Mob 0488 488 904.
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