Spartacus CL proving to be a good fit
It’s all in the rotation according to The Montgomery’s of ‘Fairview’ at Nevertire, near Trangie New South Wales.
Robert and Anne Montgomery and their son, Tod, are busy working out their best rotation for the season, including chickpeas, wheat, barley, canola and lupins. Open to trying out a new barley variety this year, they kept their options open.
Their consulting agronomist, David Klaare from Landmark, recommended to Tod that they try Spartacus CL as an alternative barley variety, which would easily slip into their cereal program and complement their broadleaf rotation, which they use to stay on top of disease and weed seed banks.
Spartacus CL is the most recent barley variety released from the collaboration between Syngenta and InterGrain. It has caught the attention of barley growers across Australia due to its good straw strength, lodging resistance, excellent head retention and disease profile.
“David mentioned we should look at Spartacus CL, as it had a high yield potential in last year’s trials and had the added bonus of being a Clearfield variety,” Mr Montgomery said.
The Montgomery’s secured enough seed to plant at 30 kg/ha and planted a seed increase block this season.
“We aimed to plant early May, however the wet start to the season meant sowing was delayed until 25 May.
“We’ve found Spartacus CL fits in really well into our cereal rotation.
“We rotate cereals with TT canola, chickpeas and lupins which enables us to target grassy paddocks and Spartacus CL will be another tool to help in the rotation,” he said.
The Montgomery’s recall progressing from Schooner to Hindmarsh and now look forward to incorporating Spartacus CL into their program.
“We are keen to see how this variety performs compared to other varieties we have grown in the past,” he added.
Expecting a good season, The Montgomery’s are aiming to harvest enough Spartacus CL to grow the program again next year.