PIONEER hybrid G22 sorghum has proven a great option on the Janerin Farming Company properties managed by Damien Ebbern at Brookstead.
Mr Ebbern said he first used G22 the previous year and its good performance meant it was planted to more hectares last season.
He said one block of G22 was particularly impressive with yields of just over 10 tonnes per hectare.
"We can plant it in a dry season and top it up with a bit of irrigation or plant it in a wet season and let it go," he said.
"We had G22 last season under irrigation and it yielded well and we thought we'd try it under dryland in a good year."
The sorghum was planted into one metre row spacings towards the end of September at a rate of more than 125,000 seeds per hectare.
"We normally plant at 43,000 seeds per hectare but bumped it up because of the season," Mr Ebbern said.
"The season was good with rain at the right time and everything went to plan. It's good to have a good one every now and then."
He said they had been growing the tried and true varieties for many years but were impressed with the way G22 had gone over the past two seasons.
"We will definitely stick with it," he said.
"G22 produced a clean sample, was easy to harvest, had good standability and didn't have any lodging. It was the one that stuck out for me. It had good seed size and good test weight."
He said they could vary the rates from 43,000 seeds per hectare to 53,000 seeds per hectare, depending on the season, and still come out with a good result from the hybrid.
"It seems to be a good one to shine out on dryland and irrigation."
The farm average for last season, over a number of sorghum hybrids, was three tonnes per acre (7.4 tonnes per hectare) with the paddock of G22 a standout at more than 10 tonnes per hectare.
That particular block had grown sorghum the previous year and had a short fallow through to this season.
Nitrogen at 140 units per hectare was applied prior to planting and the sorghum benefited greatly from timely rainfall throughout the year.
Mr Ebbern manages four properties on the western side of Brookstead and grows a number of summer crops including cotton.
Sorghum planted in late September is generally in prior to cotton and is also able to be harvested well before the other crop.
If irrigation water is required for the sorghum, it is also utilised prior to the water needs of the cotton.
'The season was good with rain at the right time and everything went to plan.'
- Damien Ebbern
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