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Growers of Pacific Seeds varieties win all RASQ sorghum awards

April 15, 2019

Pacific Seeds Bill Smith and Pauline Twidale with dryland sorghum winners Chris and Phil Moarjpg

Pacific Seeds' Bill Smith and Pauline Twidale with dryland sorghum winners Chris and Phil Moar.

Growers of Pacific Seeds varieties have won all of the sorghum awards at this year’s Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland (RASQ) Queensland Country Life Grains Outlook crop competition.

The farmers claimed first, second and third places in both the dryland and irrigated sorghum categories at the official presentation ceremony at the Heritage Bank Toowoomba Royal Show on Friday.

Continuing last year’s success, Pilton growers Phil and Chris Moar were awarded first place in the dryland sorghum for the second year in a row.

The Moars’ crop of MR-Scorpio scored 168.8 points and yielded 10.438 tonnes per hectare.

Second place in dryland sorghum was awarded to Greg Rockliff, Dalby, for his crop of MR-Taurus which clocked 150.9 points and a yield of 9.333t/ha.

Brookstead’s Brazil Farming Co took home third for their MR-Buster, which was awarded 111.9 points and yielded 6.919t/ha.

In the irrigated sorghum category, Dalby’s Derryck Mickleborough took first place for his crop of MR-Scorpio, attracting 167.8 points and yielding 9.803t/ha.

Charles Farming Co, Cambooya, was second placegetter with a 9.615t/ha crop of MR-Apollo on 164.6 points.

Third was also collected by Mr Mickleborough for his crop of Sentinel IG, yielding 8.919t/ha on 152.6 points.

In the field wheat competition, the champion title was awarded to Mundalee Grains, Yandilla, for a Reliant crop that yielded 3.572t/ha and scored 132.99 points.

There was no wheat reserve champion this year.

The champion crop title was awarded to Jason Sinclair, Condamine, for his cotton that yielded 16.46 bales per hectare and received 194.2 points.

Graincott at Dalby picked up reserve champion crop for their corn, which yielded 16.448t/ha on 189.2 points.

The annual event showcases the best summer and winter crops grown on the Darling Downs, including corn, soybeans, mungbeans, sorghum, sunflowers, cotton, wheat, barley, canary, triticale, chickpeas and faba beans.