Spring Sowing Options After a Wet Winter
In 2021, as a seasonal response to waterlogging in the western districts of Victoria, a GRDC funded project began investigating areas around mitigating the effects of waterlogging in-season.
For some farmers, waterlogging can be so severe that the paddock is considered a failure. This can be a huge economic loss, considering how many inputs have already been applied and the number of hours invested. An option to mitigate these losses is through spring sowing. Sowing in spring can allow farmers to utilise the favourable spring conditions and shorter growing season to re-establish a crop and still harvest before autumn sowing. It is important however, that farmers choose varieties that are suited to this shorter growing season and often higher temperatures.