A TRIAL crop is expected to bring huge benefits for one of Leeton's football clubs.
The Phantoms Rugby Union Club have partnered up with S&W Seed Company Australia to plant the wheat crop which, once harvested, will help it purchase vital equipment.
Dianas player Liz Munn, who is an agronomist and territory manager for the Riverina with S&W Seed, said the company was using the crop as a demonstration for a new variety.
The crop has been planted on fellow club member Scott McDonald's property near Barellan.
"Severn is a new variety of us, so we gave the seed for free purely because we will get the benefit of seeing how it performs in the paddock," Miss Munn said.
"It was planted in May. It's looking fabulous at the moment. Half the paddock is severn and the other half is an older competitive variety, we're comparing the two to see what performs better.
"Scotty and I are both on the Phantoms committee and he had mentioned earlier in the year he was going to offer up a paddock, but he was searching out what to plant. So it went from there. Once harvested the money will go to the club, which is fantastic."
The crop will likely be harvested at some point in November should everything stay on track.
AGnVET in Barellan also donated fertiliser for the crop.
Mr McDonald said the idea of having a "football crop" was something that had been on his mind for some years.
"It's something I've thought of to get a bit of extra money for the Phantoms ... we're looking at purchasing a new scrum machine, which is worth around the $9000 mark," he said.
"The old one we have has been there for nearly 30 or 40 years. With the new one seniors and juniors can use it.
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"Hopefully this is something we can continue doing for the club on a yearly basis. We might do barley next year.
"A lot of footy clubs around the area do it. It should yield three, three-and-a-half tonne.
"We should make $15,000-plus on it hopefully depending on prices."
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