Not much price difference between (feed) wheat and barley here at the moment, in fact barley could even be worth more in the right area!Is yield difference even relevant ?
surely the profitability per acre ( or however you want to define it ) of different crops is the most important thing & the best way to compare ?
dunno about you, but there is quite a difference here between the value of barley & wheat
2 tonne of mungbeans at $1200 is a lot more profitable than 6 tonne of grain sorghum at $250, for example . . .
sorry i meant wwFor us not much difference but 2020 was quite dry for spring crops and 2021 had no rain for 7 weeks last spring so not really fair comparison years as spring drilled stuff doesn't like snotty stuff that goes wet to dry.
Edit assumin you mean spring wheat, if its winter to spring barley then its about 2t/acre
in light of recent input rises and lower spring cropping options im curious to know the difference people find in yield between SB and wheat on their farms and why?
i was just interested in the yield variations around the country and reasons for it, im guessing soil type and rotation will be the main reasons for it? does anyone else find muck gives SB more of a boost than wheat?Not much price difference between (feed) wheat and barley here at the moment, in fact barley could even be worth more in the right area!
You are right though, margin per acre would be more of a comparison between the two crops. Spring barley is a lot cheaper to grow and it the right season can yield very well but in a dry spring season can take money with it!
i was told it was a poorer gross margin that sb as theres not enough yield difference to compete with malting premium?
interesting so over a tonne difference, a tonnes worth a lot nowSpring barley 1.5t to 3.3t
W wheat 2.8t to 4.3t (5t one year, but unusual).
Nice drop of rain in May/June and S Barley normally does towards 3t. Drought, 1.5t.
Average wheat probably 3.7t. Average S Barley probably 2.4t. Depends how many weird weather events we get.
So is Nitrogen, but the wheat will likely leave a bigger GM.interesting so over a tonne difference, a tonnes worth a lot now
my land isnt heavy so sb normally does ok, do people on heavier land get huge yields if they can get a decent germination?So is Nitrogen, but the wheat will likely leave a bigger GM.
Decision here is more soil type based. Heavier land wheat, winter barley, break, repeat.
Light land won't grow either wheat or a conventional w barley. But the s. Barley will always germinate on the sand, then we pray for rain in May.
S. Barley riskier on heavy land?