"I’ll put Darwin in again next year."
We grew ten hectares of Darwin this year. I grew Condo, Gregory and some Merlin in there as well, so I had four varieties. Everyone was pretty happy as it would be a good trial. It was sown on 15 May, without any issues. The machine was calibrated for the Gregory at 60 kg/ha so Darwin went on a little bit light.
The Condo just flew out of the ground. Probably in the first month, the Condo was about 100 mm higher than the Darwin. It never really looked amazing all year, compared to the Gregory, Condo or Merlin in the same paddock.
Then we harvested it all, and I was surprised with the yield. Gregory yielded 4.1, Darwin 4, Condo 4.05, Merlin 3.9 tonne/ha. There was really no difference in the yield in the whole lot. From what it looked, to how it finished, it was a surprise.
It’s a long paddock, it’s got some heavy soil and has a gully run through a bit, a creek and what have you through the centre of it, but it was all even as it all washed out the same in every plot. What was quite interesting, the Condo was out-yielding Darwin in a couple of places in the paddock, but the Condo had variance across the paddock. From one end of the paddock to the other, Darwin had a consistent yield, it never really changed, like the other varieties.
Darwin is good because it didn’t fall over, it was easy to harvest. Easy thrashing I’d say. I’ll put a little bit more Darwin in again next year, get the seeding rate up and see how it goes.
- Trent Goodan, Lockhart NSW