Growers make planting decisions based on the latest seed variety performances

Harvest yields from the previous season trials give growers a clue to the best seed varieties for their local growing zone

Growers can confirm their decision on what seed to plant using the 2023 GRDC NVT Harvest Reports that contain up-to-date disease ratings, grain quality results and yield results across 10 major crop types: Image GRDC

Growers and advisers across the main growing regions can now access the latest independent varietal information with the release of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) National Variety Trials (NVT) Harvest Reports from the 2022 season.

The information is contained in Harvest Reports that contain up-to-date disease ratings, grain quality results and yield rankings from NVT trials across the country as part of a network of 650 trials nationally.

GRDC NVT Regional Manager Isabelle Rogers confirmed the reports contain the past five years of results for every NVT trial across Australia and are one of the most important channels for providing varietal data to the public. 

“Covering the entire NVT network of trials, the reports are designed to complement the state-based Sowing Guides, which are published prior to harvest,” Ms Rogers said.

“They’re a useful decision-making tool, underpinning the selection of varieties that offer the best fit for individual farming systems and growing environments.

Data from successful 2022 NVT trials has been fed into a multi-year, multi-environment trial (MET) variety performance analysis.

“These multi-year datasets for all crops and growing regions provide the most valuable information to support decision making around what to sow each year,” Ms Rogers added.

“The latest Harvest Reports feature the NVT results from the 2022 harvest that has been generated using these datasets.”

Growers have the advantage of viewing results from last season prior to making the most important decision on which seed variety to choose for their region: Image GRDC

Results and analysis from the trials harvested in 2022 across the nation can be viewed at NVT Online here.

The NVT program evaluates near-release or released varieties each year, providing independent, consistent, timely and robust comparative data of commercially available grain varieties.

“NVT represents a significant logistical undertaking, evaluating varieties for the 10 major crop types – wheat, barley, canola, chickpea, faba bean, field pea, lentil, lupin, oat and sorghum – within trials across the country,” Ms Rogers added.

“Conducted to a set of predetermined protocols, trials are sown and managed to reflect local best practice, such as sowing time, fertiliser application, weed management, pest and disease control and fungicide application.”

GRDC NVT manager west Isabelle Rogers said Harvest Reports are an important channel for providing data to growers and advisers to assist with varietal selection: Image GRDC

The largest coordinated field trial network of its kind in the world, NVT is fully administered by GRDC on behalf of Australian grain growers and the Australian Government.

Planning for the NVT program for 2023 is well underway, with the number of trials across the nation expected to remain at 650.

Ms Rogers said that off the back of two good years in many growing regions, sentiment heading into the season was positive, but continued high input costs meant that varietal selection for optimal yield, grain quality and best disease resistance was top of mind for growers and advisers.

“In the current environment, selecting the best varieties for your farming system and local climate conditions is essential,” Ms Rogers said. 

Growers and advisers are encouraged to base their variety decisions on not just yield results but also grain quality results and disease resistance ratings, both of which are produced by the NVT program.

“Simply focusing on yield does not provide growers with a reliable indication of which varieties may potentially offer the best returns – the quality of the grain harvested and ability to withstand disease pressure are also important factors,” Ms Rogers concluded.

Besides accessing the Harvest Reports, growers can view trial data from their region via a clickable map and access tools such as the Long-Term Yield Reporter and NVT Disease Ratings.

Sample of NVT Disease Rating charts