HUGE HARVEST: Greg Cripps on his property at Irvingdale. / Contributed
HUGE HARVEST: Greg Cripps on his property at Irvingdale. / Contributed Contributed

Sorghum farmer’s harvest

IRVINGDALE farmer Greg Cripps has experienced the unpredictability of weather in the region.

His 2014/15 summer was an example of how variable the seasons could be. After planting 110 hectares of G22 hybrid sorghum last October, a lack of moisture stopped the crop.

"The moisture was very poor - uneven rain with falls of about 20mm just didn't wet our black soil plains up reliably," he said.

He said in December it got to the point where he just had to risk it.

"It's not my choice for a late plant normally but I had the seed, I thought about it and decided to do a December plant of 65 hectares, and I'm glad we did," he said.

Greg said at the crop was yielding between 6-7 tonnes/hectare, making his bet pay off.

"Overall the G22 handled the season well - we certainly came into much better storm rain even though we had some very hot days in January/February," he said.

"I guess what I liked about the variety was, apart from the start, we had a good late run with storm rains and slightly cooler evenings."

The crop was able to make the most of the changing conditions.

He said after the success he would look to continue using the G22.

Mr Cripps has planted the crop for the past three years with great results.

"We don't know what the weather's doing, so I tend to prefer something that will go longer to give us a chance of storm rain rather than going shorter and just relying on more the stored moisture."


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