Category: Strategic Planning

Can spectroscopy offer cheaper soil tests?

Soil spectroscopy might soon offer faster, cheaper soil testing. Soil analysis is an essential cost in strategic crop nutrition management.
Spectroscopy uses mid infrared (MIR) or near infrared (NIR) radiation. Spectrometers fire radiation at a sample and then measure what’s reflected back. Different absorption and reflectance patterns can measure soil […]

How are you growing a great break crop?

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 […]

Upcoming webinar- Successful plant tissue testing

Keys to successful sampling and interpretation of plant tissue analysis in winter crops
Friday, 28 July 2017 3:00 PM AEST
Presented by Chris Dowling

Chris Dowling is presenting a FREE WEBINAR for advisors and growers from all Australian grains regions. It will provide information about key considerations when sampling and interpreting plant tissue analysis for winter crops across Australia.
 
Chris will […]

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 […]