Going against the grain has proved the winning method in the 2021 Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland crop competition with Rebel Seeds' new variety Borlaug 100 breaking Queensland's yield record while taking out the champion crop award.
Dalby farmer Derryck Mickelborough, Glenesk Farming, is a partner with Rebel Seeds and grew the record-breaking crop during the 2020 winter season.
Mr Mickelborough's Borlaug 100 wheat crop scored a massive 212.6 points and yielded an impressive 8.72t/ha, smashing the previous record of 8.20t/ha.
The competition showcases the best summer and winter crops grown on the Darling Downs, including corn, soybeans, mungbeans, sorghum, sunflowers, cotton, wheat, and barley.
Reserve champion crop was awarded to Peter Waetjen, whose Pacific Seeds' Lancer variety yielded 7.263t/ha and scored 177.1 points.
Pacific Seeds varieties claimed top of the podium in both the irrigated and dryland sorghum competition.
First place for irrigated sorghum went to Ted and Kerri Shooter from Allora, the team yielded 10.184t/ha and scored 174.3 points with the Pacific Sentinel IG seed variety.
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The dryland sorghum winner was Paul Dieckmann from Brazil Farming Co. Mr Dieckmann yielded 7.189t/ha with the Pacific Sentinel IG variety on his Trifel property.
The field wheat competition was won by Peter, Ann, Adam and Luke Campbell from Goondiwindi. The family's crop yielded 6.25t/ha, scoring 96.3 points. There were no eligible entries for the field barley competition.
John Crothers won the dryland maize section with Pioneer Seeds' Pioneer P1315IT variety. The Dalby farmer yielded 7.521t/ha scoring 119.7 points.
David and Tanya Peters placed first for their dryland sunflower crop that yielded 8.39t/ha with the Pacific Sunbird 7 seed variety.
This year's champ, Mr Mickelborough said he was delighted to break the record but doesn't believe he did anything special.
"We grew the crop like any other crop we would grow, I pin the record breaking success to Borlaug 100 more than anything," he said.
"There was nothing really special, we were lucky to have some good rainfall and we did our usual two irrigations but it was the crop that did the rest of it.
"There's lots of better farmers out there than me, who could easily break that yield record using the right variety."
Borlaug 100, released by Rebel Seeds was bred at CIMMYT in Mexico and is named after Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug, who opened the improvement centre to end starvation in developing nations.
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The story Borlaug 100 smashes Queensland's yield record with ease first appeared on Queensland Country Life.