The Victorian Crop Sowing Guide, previously known as the Victorian Winter Crop Summary, is now available for the 2020 cropping season.
Published in partnership with the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and Agriculture Victoria, the guide provides the most up-to-date information on crop varieties commonly grown in Victoria, including variety performance and disease resistance ratings, at a time when growers are starting to think about next year’s sowing options.
The publication is a valued resource for growers and consultants, containing the latest grain yield and quality data on the major winter crops grown in Victoria from the National Variety Trials (NVT) program. It contains the latest available data and ratings on newly released varieties in Victoria, as well as outlines agronomic characteristics to help growers make decisions on what varieties to select for their crop rotation program.
The NVTs provide independent information on varieties for growers, and the results create a ranking of new and commonly grown varieties in terms of potential grain yield to allow growers to make informed variety selections based on the information available. The data presented in the guide uses the NVTs Long Term Multi Environment Trial (MET) data and uses a five-year rolling dataset to allow growers to compare the performance of each variety over a long term period.
The Victorian Crop Sowing Guide prompts growers to ask “Am I growing the best variety for my situation?” When selecting a variety, growers need to make their selection based on the available variety performance information, pest and disease resistance, individual farm and paddock situations, access and availability of target markets, and storage and handling facilities; and are encouraged to use the Sowing Guide as a talking point with their agronomists, consultants and marketing agents.
The Victorian Crop Sowing Guide is available online on the GRDC website.
The latest 2019 NVT data will be available in early 2020 at the NVT Online website.