Manure helps crop yield
OUT Bony Mountain way, Geoff Willett is better known for his proficiency running a cattle feedlot than his achievements in the paddock.
But that could all change this week with the capable local landholder winning a major title in the Royal Australian Society of Queensland crop competition.
Mr Willett, from Maydan Pastoral Company, won the irrigated maize section of the competition with a crop of DuPont Pioneer hybrid 32P55.
His crop was yield tested at 15.1 tonne a hectare or in the old scale 6.1 tonne an acre.
The upside of being in both the feedlot industry and grain growing meant the Southern Downs farmer was able to apply feedlot manure at a rate of 50t/ha back in 2009. He said the intention had been to add urea to the crop, however the wet conditions meant this was not possible and the corn grew on the nutrients provided by the manure and just three irrigations.
When harvest started and parts of the crop began recording yields of 16 tonnes a hectare (6.5 tonnes/ac) the Maydan crew decided to call someone so they could enter it in the crop competition.
Fellow grain grower and contract harvester Phil Crothers took the crop off the paddock and was impressed with the yield of the corn.
This year the Crothers family also savoured success, winning first place in the dry land section with the a crop of Pioneer P1813 IT.
Pioneer brand corn hybrids dominated the crop competition.
RASQ irrigated maize results:
1. Geoff Willett, Maydan Pastoral, Warwick with Pioneer 32P55 (yield 15t/ha) score 197.8.
2. Ray and Justin Charles, Charles Farming Co, Cambooya, with Pioneer 32P55 (yield 13.4t/ha) score 176.5.
3. Hamish Bligh, Bligh Family Trust, Brookstead with Pacific PAC 727 (yield 12.9t/ha) score 170.
RASQ dryland maize results:
1. Jim and Lilian Crothers with Pioneer P1813 IT (yield 12 t/ha) score 192.
2. Phil and Lisa Crothers with Pioneer P1813 IT (yield 9.6t/ha) score 153.
3. Ross Krinke, Krinke Farms, Pittsworth with Pioneer 32P55 (yield 8.8 t/ha) score 140.