BIG HOPES: Many Southern Downs producers will be hoping their 2018-2019 grain sorghum crop will look like this 2017 crop on the Darling Downs.
BIG HOPES: Many Southern Downs producers will be hoping their 2018-2019 grain sorghum crop will look like this 2017 crop on the Darling Downs. Nicole McDougall

Produce merchant analyses likely summer crop planting

THE Warwick area is set for its biggest planting of grain sorghum in recent years, that's the word from Olsens Produce manager Ian Wallace.

"My estimate is that half the summer grain crop has already been planted and the other half will be planted after the current rain stops and the cultivation ground dries out,” Mr Wallace said.

"Some of the best early sorghum crops are in the Freestone and Clintonvale areas.”

While he expects a bumper summer crop, Mr Wallace said there would still be a fair area of winter crop planted next year.

The majority of the planned 2018 winter crop was not planted due to dry conditions.

The seed plantings in the next month won't be restricted to growing grain as Mr Wallace said a fair bit of forage sorghum would be planted for cattle feed

"We sold a lot of seed to plant forage sorghum on Saturday morning,” he said.

Produce agents talk to a lot of producers and according to Mr Wallace, most had 40mm or better.



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