Category: Strategic Planning

How to protect livestock from nitrogen toxicities

Stock grazing crops high in nitrate can develop toxicity disorders. Plant nitrate levels are directly affected by nitrogen (N) fertiliser rates. Targeting high grain yields with additions of nitrogen fertiliser can elevate nitrate levels in plants to dangerous levels for livestock.
What can be done to reduce risk to stock

Avoid grazing […]

How to confidently diagnose a crop nutrient disorder

Unusual symptoms in crops can indicate nutrient disorders. Visible symptoms tell you there is some kind of problem but are not enough to base a reliable diagnosis on.
Crop symptoms can be triggered by too little or too much of a nutrient, as well as a range of other constraints to […]

Eye in the sky – Would you use a drone?

Interested in drones?
Find out how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are being used in agriculture in the US, what’s on the horizon, what type are most popular and why, and the basics of getting off the ground from none other than the drone singer himself, Victor Villegas from Oregon State University.
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Think twice before sowing chickpeas into high Nitrogen soils

leaf tips are dead

The current temptingly high chickpea prices make them an attractive option. In paddocks with high soil nitrate (>100kg N/ha) chickpeas may not yield as well as expected, or deliver the usual legume break crop advantage of a net benefit to the paddock’s nitrogen (N) balance.
Paddocks can have high starting soil […]

How to review Nitrogen nutrition at 3 timely points in the season

John Angus is a researcher with the CSIRO and a mixed enterprise farmer in southern NSW. At the 2016 GRDC research updates John reported on a three stage process to make strategic decisions about Nitrogen (N) nutrition through the season for dryland farmers.
Stage 1 – Prior to sowing
Prepare a Nitrogen […]

Watch our webinar: how to review last season’s crop nutrition decisions

You might know how much you or your client spent on crop nutrition last season, but do you know if it was well spent? Review at the end of the season is the best place to answer that question. How do you assess how well last season’s crop nutrition management […]

Tips to tweak your crop nutrition program following drought

Following drought growers look to recover production and protect vulnerable soils. When it comes, the break may present opportunities to cut back on some usual nutrient inputs while moving back into production. Soils should be managed with an eye to their long term fertility.
Phosphorus
Soil phosphate levels may increase a little […]

N-rich strips show if your crop needs a boost this season

An N-rich test strip in a canola crop at Branson Farms, South Australia.
 
An N-rich test strip in your paddock allows you to follow nitrogen supply in-crop, and see what responses are likely to additional N. The test strip is a part of the paddock where additional N is applied […]