Fortitude barley is proving to be a solid performer in Mark and Marthie Wright’s crop rotation.
This was the third year the Mid Canterbury farmers have harvested the cereal and this year it yielded 11.3t/ha and 11.8t/ha out of the two paddocks it was grown in. These paddocks were previously in maize and clover respectively. Mark and Marthie farm Lynmoor Farm, a 380ha mixed cropping and dairy support farm at Winchmore.
Mark says the Fortitude crops were established in May 2019 with 100kg/ha of DAP. In September, the ex-clover crop received a dressing of 150kg/ha Crop 15, while the ex-maize paddock was given Crop 15 at a higher rate of 250kg/ha. In early October both crops were given 150kg/ha of urea.
The crops, which were irrigated, benefited from an ideal growing season and Mark says a split application of Plant Growth Regulator also helped maintain quality at harvest.
The 19ha crop, which was grown in the ex-maize paddock, had a protein level of 9.8%, screenings of 1.8% and tested 67.8 kg/hectolitre.
The 20ha ex clover paddock had a protein level of 10.8%, screenings of 3% and also tested 67.8 kg/ hectolitre.
“We had no disease problems in Fortitude, it was a very clean crop with low disease pressure.”
The crop was sold into the dairy industry. For more information about Fortitude barley contact your Luisetti Seeds’ agronomist.