Some significant global premiums are emerging for high protein wheat grades. These international prices are starting to flow through to domestic wheat prices. Prime hard wheat (standard is a minimum 13% protein) was recently quoted at a premium of $85/tonne over APW wheat (10.5% protein, 5% screenings, 12.5% moisture) in […]
Grain zinc (Zn) content is important for seedling vigour. Make sure grain Zn levels are adequate if you are saving grain to seed next season’s crop. Retaining seed grown on Zn sufficient paddocks can reduce the risk of Zn deficiency in young crops.
Less than 500 micrograms Zn per seed […]
The yields of ‘break crops’ are more important to farm incomes with higher prices for some non-cereal crops. In 2017, 22.5 million hectares were sown to winter crops. Over 20% – 4.7 million ha – were non-cereals. In the period leading up until 2011, break crops were around 14% of […]
Deep N soil tests are showing low available nitrogen (N) to start 2017 winter crops. Just over half of the tests coming through Nutrient Advantage Lab Services show < 30 kg/ha of plant available nitrogen in the root zone. Three- quarters show < 60 kg/ha of nitrogen.
With less than 30 […]
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 […]
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.
In southeastern Australia, 23 trials were run on wheat, barley and canola […]
eXtensionAUS Crop Nutrition published 49 articles in 2016. These were the most popular:
Can I burn lime and gypsum with stubble?
Bottom line: Loss of limestone will be minimal, gypsum might lose some solubility.
2. Three reasons why topdressing nitrogen can fail
Not enough rain after topdressing, too wet, too late!
3. The best frost tactics for […]
Applying nitrogen late in the crop’s development (after GS60) can boost the protein level in the grain, but when is it likely to be economic to do so?
When leaf symptoms or comparison with an N-rich strip in the paddock indicate the crop really needs more N.
When N can be supplied […]
Soil compaction caught the eye of growers and advisors at recent field days. Soil pits were part of every More Profit from Crop Nutrition roadshow field day. Soil scientists explained what they could see in the soil profiles.
Crop nutrition relies on roots exploring the soil to access nutrients. Ideally, soil […]
Soil pH and phosphorus (P) fertiliser can interact to make soil phosphorus more available. This can happen when:
there are no other major nutrient deficiencies.
recent lime application has produced a large change in soil pH (>0.5 pH units).
The soil pH and P interaction is driven by changes to root growth in […]