Mark Seymour, DPIRD, speaks on break crop agronomy and Seed of Light award | GRDC Updates | Western

Mark Seymour, DPIRD, speaks on break crop agronomy and Seed of Light award | GRDC Updates | Western


Our Tactical Break Crop Agronomy Project has
trials all over the state – from north of Geraldton down to Esperance and Great Southern,
Eastern Wheatbelt. So we have most places covered so hopefully
people have an opportunity to come and have a look at some of our work and meet our staff,
who always like to talk to farmers. If you’re going to get into Lentils in a big
way and if you’re on sodic or boronic soils then PBA Bolt is probably the variety to choose
and it is farmer to farmer trading is allowable, so it’s a relatively less expensive way to
get into it. If you’re an already existing lentil grower
and thinking of building up the area and worried about diseases, then Jumbo 2 is probably the
next best thing to have a look at. If you’ve got a SU history, and so you’re
worried about residues, or you’re chasing higher weed control with different herbicides,
then Hurricane XT would be another variety to look at. So there’s quite a few choices and they’ve
all got their fit. The key message for the Lupin part of my talk
will be that PBA Jurien, the new high yielding variety. In the field we haven’t seen it to be more
susceptible to low germination following harvest rain then other varieties. We have shown, in an extreme lab (laboratory)
test, it to be slightly lower germ (germination) then some other varieties but we think in
the field it should hold up – and bear in mind that it is usually the highest yielding
variety, so you’ve got that benefit as well. I had a farmer friend phone me up to congratulate
me and he said what’s it for exactly? and I said I think it’s like a lifetime achievement
award and as I said when I accepted the award, sometimes it’s telling people not what they
want to hear. Not to grow things or not to change what they’re
doing – and sometimes that’s the best thing you can do, it’s not always about change for
changes sake. But yeah hopefully the independence that working
for the Department (DPIRD) has helped and also the flexibility that working for the
Department and GRDC funds have allowed me to do most things that I’ve always wanted
to try out in the paddock.

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