Sorghum growers now have access to the latest independent data on variety performance with the recent release of the 2021 GRDC National Variety Trials Sorghum Harvest Report.
The report draws on data generated from the first four seasons of sorghum NVT in Queensland, NSW and WA.
Sorghum was first included in the NVT program in 2017-2018 in response to requests from producers for independent data to support choices regarding the most suitable hybrid grain sorghum varieties to plant in their pens.
Harvest results from 50 trials across sites in Central Queensland, South Queensland, North New South Wales, Liverpool Plains and Kununurra in WA have been included in this report.
GRDC NVT North Director Laurie Fitzgerald said the report was an important step in further developing and improving the country’s sorghum production and producer profitability.
“Sorghum is the dominant summer crop in Queensland and northern New South Wales, so it is essential that growers and advisers have access to independent, robust and relevant yield and quality data for help them select the right hybrid for their farming business, âsaid Mr. Fitzgerald.
Mr Fitzgerald said that since the data spanned four seasons, some of which suffered from drought, he encouraged growers and advisors to look beyond the results of a single trial conducted at one location over the course of ‘one season and to consider the performances over several seasons.
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Pioneer Seeds’ sorghum grain product portfolio manager Rob Johnston said that as a supporter of the NVT system, Pioneer values ââthe availability of unbiased results for both the farmer and the agronomist.
âThe independent results from the NVT system support the results we are seeing in our extensive Seed Technology Research in Key Environments (STRIKE) internal research and testing programs,â said Johnston.
Mr Johnston said that Pioneer had released a few new hybrids which had gone through the NVT system; more recently A75 (tested as 85A75).
âPioneer Seeds were convinced that the A75 was an excellent hybrid, a fact which was reaffirmed by the NVT system,â he said.
“We have seen consistent performance in this hybrid in Queensland during dry seasons and superior yields when conditions are more favorable.”
Barenbrug’s Tropical and Summer Crop Portfolio Manager Ben Vercoe said reports such as NVT independent test results for grain sorghum were an invaluable resource for growers and agronomists when deciding which hybrids sow on their property and their region.
âBarenbrug’s grain sorghum supply has shown good, strong and consistent results across several sites in the test sites in central and southwest Queensland,â said Vercoe.
âCracka grain sorghum, in particular, has been consistent in yield and grain size, which is evident through low screenings and high test weights across the board, even during difficult seasons. “
Rodney Coe, Country Director of Sorghum Products at S&W Seed Company, said S&W Seed was one of the most recent participants in Sorghum NVTs and considered it to be a valuable tool for growers to select the best hybrids for their business.
âBased on the encouraging results of the past few years, S&W has launched two new commercial medium-ripened red grain sorghum, Tanami and Gibson,â said Mr. Coe.
âThese two hybrids have performed well, especially in the most stressed sites, giving S&W the confidence to continue investing in our grain sorghum breeding and development program. “
The report is available online and is emailed to producers.
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