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Northern NSW wheat champion announced

Announcement posted by Writers Who 15 Jan 2022

Narromine wheat growers win regional title

Narromine wheat growers, Billy and Jodi Browning, have been confirmed as regional champions in a prestigious annual wheat competition. 

The Browning family in Narromine topped the northern NSW competition, ahead of Simon and Rachel Cant of Warren in second place, and Clinton and Di Uebergang of Warialda. 

The region covers Baradine, Barraba, Bellata, Bingara, Boggabri, Bourke, Burren Junction, Coonamble, Crooble, Croppa Creek, Delungra, Garah, Gilgandra, Gulargambone, Gurley, Inverell, Manilla, Moree, Mungindi, Narrabri, Narromine, North Star, Nyngan, Tottenham, Walgett, Warialda, Warren, and Wee Waa.

Run by AgShows NSW (the peak body for 192 shows), the Suncorp Bank Championship Dryland Field Wheat Competition is judged across four regions ahead of the state final. 

“The central and southern regions were hard to beat in 2021 thanks to favourable seasonal conditions, and the skill of those producers to make the most of their conditions,” AgShows NSW president Tim Capp said. 

“While the wheat competition is typically a yield-based competition, if a grower has made the best of the local season, spraying and feeding the crop to grow an optimal plant base it should perform well in the competition,” Mr Capp said.

Past state dryland wheat state champions include Yarrabah Pastoral Company in 2020 from central New South Wales, Scott and Julia McLeod in 2019 from the south and Illinois Farms in 2018.

The winners were announced at the state final in Dubbo last night. 

This year’s competition is sponsored by Suncorp Bank, The Land, Lowes Petroleum and Stoller Australia.

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