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Strategies and tactics to extend whole farm water use efficiency: sow on time or early! (NSW data)

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The majority of current wheat varieties need to be sown in the first half of May in order to flower during the optimal period for yield in most environments, which unfortunately coincides with the period of recent rainfall decline... Growers wishing to maximise farm water-use efficiency need to adopt strategies that will allow them to get as much of their wheat crop as possible flowering during the optimal period in their environment... The article reports results from several experiments conducted across southern Australia and farmer experience investigating the potential for earlier sowing to increase wheat yields in the face of autumn rainfall decline...
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