Forbes

Grower: Richard Malone


Variety Yield
(bales/ha)
Yield
(bales/ac)
% of Sicot 746B3F Staple
(decimal)
Staple
(imperial)
Manual Class Micronaire Strength
(gms/tex)
Turnout
(%)
Uniformity
(%)
Sicot 748B3F 13.00 5.26 103.4 1.18 38 21-3 3.7 29.8 42.4 80.2
Sicot 714B3F 12.88 5.22 102.5 1.18 38 21-3 3.8 29.7 41.0 81.1
Sicot 707B3F 12.73 5.15 101.3 1.19 38 21-3 3.9 31.6 42.5 82.4
Sicot 746B3F 12.57 5.09 100.0 1.17 37 21-3 3.7 29.2 41.3 81.4
Year2018 Trial TypeN/A Trial DesignRCBx4 Balance of Field746B3F
Planted05/10/17 Picked14/05/18 Previous CropLF Wheat Established MethodWatered Up
Plant Stand/m12.5 Rainfall (defoliation mm)230 Incrop irrigations9 Soil applied insecticideNo
Nitrogen (kg/ha N)292 Phosphorus (kg/ha P)30 Potassium (kg/ha K)0.0 Zinc (kg/ha Z)1.2
Heliothis sprays0 Insect sprays3 Pix applied (L/ha)2.0 Days to defoliation185

This trial finished up quite well considering some setbacks during the season. After planting on the 5th October 2017 the crop struggled during seedling establishment and early plant growth was quite affected. Volunteer canola plants were growing across the field and these proved difficult to remove. A hail storm occurred on the 17th December but damage was minor compared to other fields nearby. This was followed by a phenoxy drift event in late December and this also set the crop back considerably.
The crop was looked after well during the season with irrigations done on time and fertiliser applied at key times of development. This helped it recover from the number of setbacks. It was grown out for as long as possible and this was helped by the long and warm end to the season south of Forbes. Defoliation was done around 185 days after planting.
The highest yielding variety was Sicot 748B3F at 13.00b/h. The other varieties were all close, ranging in yields between 12.00 and 12.90 b/h. The crop was defoliated and picked very well and the fibre quality and grades were all good. It was a very pleasing result overall and it showed the potential for cotton production in that particular area.