JANDAROI, Gregory and Spitfire might not sound like your average wheat crops but they’ve taken out the top titles in this year’s Caroona wheat judging competition.
Held in conjunction with the NSW Farmers’ Association, three Liverpool Plains farmers were named as the first, second and third prize winners this year.
Angus Duddy took out first place with his 5.5 hectare field of Jandaroi durum wheat.
Mr Duddy’s impressive block came out of a rotation of sunflowers to cotton, then long fallow before it was sown to wheat.
Andrew Clift’s 4.8 hectare Gregory wheat field placed second.
To achieve the result, his crop rotation included long fallow to cotton, then into mung beans before wheat.
Michael Robinson’s 4.5 hectare Spitfire crop placed third after his long fallow, sorghum, mung bean then wheat rotation this year.
Two agronomists judged the fields this year, including Pursehouse’s Rebecca Cope and the Department of Primary Industries’ Loretta Serafin.
Ms Cope said part of the assessment process had been determining numbers of heads per measure in a row.
They did that to get an approximation of yield.
Weed control, disease aspects, standability and grain quality were also taken into consideration.