Category: Strategic Planning

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 […]

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 […]

Micronutrient deficiencies – real but unpredictable

Micronutrients or trace elements are often suspected to be deficient in some Australian cropping regions. Some trace element applications are now routine. But recent trials in areas with reported deficiencies have shown little response to micronutrient applications.
Micronutrient trials
In southeastern Australia, 23 trials were run on wheat, barley and canola […]

How to review last season’s crop nutrition decisions with Chris Dowling

You might know how much you spent on fertiliser last season, but do you know if it was a good investment? Review at the end of the season can answer that question. Do you know how to assess how well last season’s crop nutrition management shaped up?
In this webinar presented […]

More on crop nutrition at the 2017 GRDC Updates

Trace elements – Chris Dowling
Trace elements can greatly influence crop production and may increase profitability. Chris Dowling from Back Paddock Company presented at the Gulargambone Update. Plant tissue testing for micronutrients and likelihood of responses.
 
The importance of phosphorus – Chris Guppy
Crop response to P and other nutrients is influenced by […]

The latest on Nitrogen at the 2017 GRDC Updates

Managing N loss risks – Chris Dowling
Practical N management can minimise the economic impact of N loss events. Chris Dowling from Back Paddock Company presented at the Bellata Update.
Denitrification and managing nitrogen loss risk – key factors affecting loss.
Nitrogen application – Richard Daniel
The rate of nitrogen application drove yield and […]

Get the most out of soil testing 2017

Soil testing informs crop nutrition decisions. Collecting representative samples is the most important step in getting useful information.
Plan your soil sampling

Map non-uniform paddocks into zones. Base the zones on observed soil differences (or EM38 maps if available), and sample them separately.
Use a sampling plan within zones. Grids, zig zags and […]