What makes this result even better for the Vincent’s is that it is the same paddock that gave them the title of Top Yield for the Macquarie Valley in 2014 for their cotton crop.
Not only did the Vincent’s win the highest ginned yield for this paddock (14.2 bales), but their average cotton yield across all paddocks was 29.13% above the districts average (13.3 bales/ha compared with the districts 10.3 bales).
The wining paddock used a miserly 7.8 Megs of water through a hot summer to produce the winning pivot. Its recent history prior to 2013-14 was 10.6 B/Ha of cotton in 11-12 and 10.5 T/Ha of corn in 12-13.
The Vincent’s other pivots which averaged 13.2 b/Ha are currently being harvested with between 5.7-6.2 T/Ha of wheat resulting.
The secret to their success?Andrew & Rhonda Watt are BioAg Central West
The Vincents have been keen to improve their soils and in an effort to do this, started using BioAg programs in 2010, working closely with Andrew and Rhonda Watt of BioAg Central West, BioAg’s distributors for that area.
Andrew and Rhonda have been long time consultants and distributors of BioAg products and along with the Vincent’s consulting agronomist, Matt Ward of Narromine, gained a lot of enjoyment in seeing the Vincents produce such successful crops. Scott takes a keen interest in his soil and his commitment to BioAg products, and is subsequently seeing these noticeable improvements in paddock health and the production of his soils.
Differences such as improved water holding capacity and infiltration in undulating country, plant health, nutrient uptake, recycling of crop residues, and nitrogen efficiencies have all been witnessed.
The Vincents say the cotton trash has digested extremely well with only the large stem remaining, however even these are soft and are breaking up well due to the tremendous biological activity recycling the nutrients.
Results at a glance
|Crop||Season||Result||Program (per ha)|
|Cotton||2013-14||•Cotton Top Yield Grower of the Year 2014 (Macquarie Valley)|
•14.3 bales of cotton on 7.8 Megs of water (winning pivot)
•13.2 bales overall average versus a district average of 10.3
•No discounts were given & a premium of $0.75c was paid
|247 kg N
53 kg P
400 kg lime
4 L Soil & Seed at planting
3 L Soil & Seed through pivot
6.9 L Balance & Grow
4.85 L Fruit & Balance
|Wheat||2014-15||•6.8 T/Ha following up from cotton season|
•11.5 % protein
•0.8 % screenings
•Pivot watering 60 mL
|1.5 L Soil & Seed
1.3 L Fruit & Balance
70 kg MAP
220 kg urea
|Canola||2014-15||•Averaged 2.2 T/Ha|
•V3002 breed grown (pays an extra $100/T premium as it usually yields 15% less)
|150 kg sulphate
90 kg BioAgPhos
1.5 L Soil & Seed
1 L Balance & Grow
1.5L Fruit & Balance
30 kg MAP
200 kg urea
Lime was applied in the previous year
Congratulations to Scott and Cath and their leading hand Brett Shearwood on their win, and also to Rhonda and Andrew Watt and Matt Ward for the major roles they played in helping to bring about these results.