On November 1, 2017, judges Sarah Jacobson and Jenna Brewis (agronomists with Lachlan Fertiliser, Grenfell) and coordinators Maurice Gregory Parker and Bill Matchett travelled the district to judge the local entrants for the Agricultural Societies Council – Suncorp Bank Dryland Field Wheat Competition.
Despite the dry winter and heavy frosts the competition was close.
First prize went to Phil Scott with a crop of Gregory estimated to yield 4.2 tonnes/ha.
A close second was Murray Mitton with a crop of Flanker estimated to yield 4.2 tonnes/ha but was marked down due to a smattering of black oats through it.
Third, fourth and fifth place went to Brent Ray, Tim Hazell and Matthew Griffiths.
Co-judge Sarah Jacobson commented, “The crops were of a very high standard given the variability within the season.
“Frost and the dry spell both combined to impact on the yields in the final stages of grain development.
“Those crops that have flowered later have been able to benefit from the late rain and cool conditions during grain fill.”
Phil Scott’s winning crop has now been entered into the Central Region competition.
The top five crops in Central Region shall be judged and the winner from Central Region will go into the State competition.
Congratulations Phil and best of luck in the Central Region section.