Farmers around the region are very happy with the recent rain making it perfect for sowing canola and the early varieties of wheat.
“Based on last years yields low protein we can expect the nitrogen profile to be quite low so be sure to pay good attention to soil tests and think about sowing with applied nitrogen in case we run into dry weather,” said Brad O’Riley Canowindra Produce Agronomist.
Canola and early varieties of wheat are planted from late April up until early May being the ideal sowing time. Other varieties of wheat will then be sown, as it is the ideal flowering time. There is a recommended depth of 2-4cm when sowing but is very dependent on the
seed type. “Smaller seeds such as canola are usually sown quite shallow and closer to the surface. We don’t expect moisture to be a
problem this year with a brilliant start to the season so far,” said Brad O’Riley. Farmers are advised to keep an eye out on their crops around June for mites and look to spray broadleaf herbicides.
Canola is a popular crop in the Central West with ideal conditions allowing for a good yield. Australia produces approximately 2-3 million tonnes of oilseed each year with canola and cottonseed making up 90% of that.