Crop Nutrition

How to manage nitrogen in no-till residues

Crop residues influence the supply and uptake of nitrogen (N). In the long term, residues will improve soil fertility. Stubbles can immobilise soil N as they break down. Moisture makes a big difference to the rate of stubble decomposition and mineralisation of nitrogen in the soil.
Nathan Craig was involved […]

Looking for better yields from sandy soils

Sandy soils can show poor water use by crops. There are around 5 million hectares of sandy soils in Australia’s low-medium rainfall southern region. Growers see poor crop performance even with residual subsoil water at harvest.
To date, options to improve sandy soils are either:

Mitigation: lower-cost, annual activities.  Techniques include […]

How to improve results from dual purpose crops

Responsive nitrogen (N) management optimises grain yield and grazing value from dual-purpose crops. Dual-purpose crops are sown early, grazed during winter, then grown on to produce grain. For dual purpose crops in the southern region the framework for N nutrition should be:

Apply adequate N upfront to promote vigorous forage […]

New deep P tool calculates the benefits and payback for you

Subsoil phosphorus (P) deficiency costs growers in Queensland and Northern NSW around $80–100 million each year in reduced yield. Deep P fertiliser applications into the subsoil can improve yield but are a long-term decision. They are moderately expensive and returns are not immediate. The Deep-P calculator helps Northern region growers […]

Kick-start crops with compost

Compost can improve overall soil health and benefit crops. The organic matter may improve soil structure, infiltration and porosity.  The soil’s water and nutrient holding capacity may get a boost. Compost feeds the microbes in soil, which in turn increases soil fertility.
Compost and nutrients
Individual composts are different. The source […]

Quality fertiliser decisions backed by science

Australian crop advisors can use the best available science to give fertiliser advice. The Better Fertiliser Decisions for Cropping (BFDC) database:

is the best available data resource
is continually upgraded with the latest field trial results
holds data from over 5,600 research trials looking at fertiliser response
underpins the recommendations of Fertcare […]

Working on the yield gap to boost profit for HRZ growers

A comprehensive technical report explores the yield gap typical in commercial wheat and canola crops in the high rainfall zone (HRZ) of southern Australia. A previous report concluded that the yield gap was due to insufficient fertiliser being applied to achieve potential yield. The main barrier to supplying sufficient nutrients […]

Webinar: How to check your pulse-N

Pulse crops can be a valuable source of nitrogen within cropping systems. The amount of N fixed by legumes can vary substantially and is affected by the species of crop, soil and seasonal conditions and crop management factors.
In this webinar, QDAF senior agronomist Howard Cox and researcher Professor David Herridge, […]

Make the most of your fertiliser budget with the Four Rs

Best practice crop nutrition seeks to make the most of your fertiliser budget and minimise environmental impact. The ‘Four Rs’ is a nutrient management framework that aims to match nutrient supply with crop needs.
The Four Rs
The four components of the framework are:

The RIGHT source fertiliser  
At the RIGHT rate
At […]