Deeper roots may improve the water use of early sown canola

Wayne Pitt, J. Sergio Moroni, Rohan Brill, Don McCaffery, Jeremy Whish, Julianne M Lilley, John Kirkegaard

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Optimising the sowing date of canola in specific environments is an important determinant of yield (Kirkegaard et al. 2016). A central theme of the Optimised Canola Profitability (OCP) project has been to evaluate interactions between sowing time and variety to determine the feasibility of earlier sowing of canola (early April), and to develop management protocols for optimal biomass to produce the most profitable crops. The Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator (APSIM) simulations from historical data predict higher yield potentialfor earlier sown canola in a number of locations in southern NSW, and many of the sowing date/variety trials conducted to date demonstrated that higher yields were achieved when canola was sown earlier than the traditional Anzac Day sowing window following good summer fallow management.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGrains research update
Subtitle of host publicationBoosting profitability - resilient solutions
PublisherGrains Research and Development Corporation
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2019
EventGRDC Grains Research Update - Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia
Duration: 19 Feb 201920 Feb 2019 (program)

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NameGRDC Grains Research Update


ConferenceGRDC Grains Research Update
CityWagga Wagga
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