YELARBON grain grower Phil Donges reckons last season was one of the best he has know and, more accurately, resulted in one of the best grain yields he can remember.
The farmer from Glenarbon Estates planted Pioneer hybrid G22 sorghum at the end of last October and harvested a yield of 8.2t/ha from the crop.
"It was the best yield we'd ever had," he said.
The crop was helped by a lot of rain through the growing period and was also planted at a rate which was much higher than normal.
"A wet summer had been predicted so we planted at 90,000 seeds per hectare," Mr Donges said.
"We normally plant at about half that."
Sorghum and forage sorghum are used on the property as a break crop for beans and to also supply nearby feedlots with grain and forage.
Sorghum last season was planted into 90cm row spacings and received an NPK mixture at 80kg per hectare pre-plant and was also side-dressed with urea at 80kg per hectare during the growing season.
"It was a very erect, even crop," Mr Donges said.
"It didn't suffer at all.
"We were able to harvest it without having to spray it out."
He said G22 produced grain of a nice colour and weighed in at 78kg per hectolitre.
Pioneer hybrid Graze-N-Sile forage sorghum was also grown on the property last season.
It was planted later in the season and had a drier finish but still produced an excellent yield of 29.65 wet t/ha.
The silage was sold to a nearby feedlot where it was used in the cattle ration.
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