Coonamble

Grower: Andrew Windsor


Variety Yield
(bales/ha)
Yield
(bales/ac)
% of Sicot 748B3F Staple
(decimal)
Staple
(imperial)
Manual Class Micronaire Strength
(gms/tex)
Turnout
(%)
Uniformity
(%)
Sicot 714B3F 1.40 0.57 117.0 1.05 34 22-3 2.5 26.4 28.1 77.8
Sicot 746B3F 1.34 0.54 112.3 1.05 34 21-3 2.9 27.5 30.0 78.1
Sicot 748B3F 1.20 0.48 100.0 1.05 34 22.3 2.8 26.9 28.6 78.1
Year2017 Trial TypeN/A Trial Design2RCB Balance of FieldSicot 748B3F
Planted13/10/16 Picked29/03/17 Previous CropLong Fallow Wheat Established MethodFallow Moisture
Plant Stand/m9.8 Rainfall (defoliation mm)80 Incrop irrigationsN/A Soil applied insecticideNo
Nitrogen (kg/ha N)25 Phosphorus (kg/ha P)N/A Potassium (kg/ha K)N/A Zinc (kg/ha Z)1.0
Heliothis spraysN/A Insect sprays2 Pix applied (L/ha)N/A Days to defoliationN/A

A tough first season with extreme heat throughout January and February. The crop itself looked very good up until the 14th of January where it really got hot. Surprisingly the crop hung on, but yield and quality was affected.

The cotton was planted on the 13th of October using a Kinze planter and established well at 9.6 plants/m. The crop grew well considering a cool October but took some damage from mirids early in the season. The crop looked good up until the middle of January but no rain and above average temperatures through January and February cooked the crop. We used a 12 row stripper to pick the field but turnout was very low and yields were down. Quality was also effected. Costs were down in this crop and a good tender price made up some what for a tough season.