Product Used: Moby Forage Barley
Moby barley has produced high yields and quality hay under dryland conditions on the property of Barry Darr, at Felton, on the Darling Downs in Queensland. Mr Darr said they were quite happy with the performance of Moby on the property, with last year’s crop producing an average yield of 95 bales per acre (235 bales per hectare).
The bales are small squares and weigh approximately 30 kilograms each, with the majority sold for chaffing or sent straight into the horse market. Some of the hay was made into large rolls as a specialist order for a customer. “The horse people really like it,” Mr Darr said. “It is probably a bit finer than oats.” He said barley had been planted on the property for a number of seasons, with Moby first trialled during the wet conditions of 2012. That year, Moby was planted side-by-side in the same paddock as Dictator barley. “Moby bounded out of the ground nicely. We got a better yield from the Moby,” Mr Darr said. Moby also had a number of advantages being a white-seeded variety. “If you miss out on hay and have to take it through to grain the people seem to like the white seed better than the black seed,” he said.
The lack of awns on Moby is also a positive feature in years when the barley is not able to be harvested early and is allowed to come out in head. “Our customers don’t like those whiskers on it, especially the horse people.” Last season the Moby was planted on April 30 and was able to be cut for hay in the first few weeks of September. Mr Darr said he went around the paddock in a circle and cut seven or eight rounds from the area before doing the same in the days that followed to space it out. He said generally the barley sat for a week to ensure it was properly dry before being made into hay bales. The seasonal conditions of the year were good early, but dried up late and so the yield from the Moby barley was very pleasing.
Barry Darr, of Felton, QLD, produced yields of 95 bales per acre (235 bales per hectare) from Moby forage barley last season.