The Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland (RASQ) Queensland Country Life Grains Outlook crop competition has again showcased the region’s best crops, with the most widely planted summer and winter crops, sorghum and wheat, hitting big numbers in the yield stakes.
Growers of Pacific Seeds varieties dominated the dryland sorghum category, with Luu Partnership winning first place for a crop of MR-Scorpio yielding 10.298 tonnes per hectare at “Jackson”, Jondaryan.
Millmerran grower Charlie Uebergang was not far behind, taking second for his crop of MR-Scorpio, which produced 8.659t/ha.
Third went to Austin Farms at Brookstead for MR-Taurus at 8.56t/ha.
The field wheat competition was also scooped by a grower of a Pacific Seeds variety, with Michael Hegarty, ‘Alcheringa’, Brookstead, announced champion for his crop of Lancer, yielding 5.64t/ha.
Reserve champion was presented to Chinchilla growers Michael and Rebecca Sperling for their crop of Mitch, which yielded 5.43t/ha.
Crop competition coordinator Andrew Speed said it was another successful year for the competition.
“We had 22 irrigated and 19 dryland entries, as well as five wheat and five barley entries in the field crop competition.
Unfortunately there was a code of sections with no entries,” Mr Speed said.
“There were some fantastic irrigated maize and sunflower yields, with six crops exceeding previous best yields.”
The official presentation ceremony was one of many well-attended events at the recent Heritage Bank Toowoomba Royal Show.
Each year the region’s highest yielding dryland and irrigated summer and winter crops are judged.
Categories include wheat, barley, sorghum, corn, sunflower, cotton, soybean, triticale, canary and chickpea.