Crop Nutrition

How Australian crop advisors make quality fertiliser recommendations

Crop nutrition and better fertiliser decisions for cropping webinar, presented on 8 October 2015 by Tony Cox, NSW DPI, National Coordinator for the More Profit from Crop Nutrition II program, funded by the GRDC.
The webinar introduced the BFDC database and the Interrogator that enables crop advisors to ensure their fertiliser […]

Data gold from your test strip at harvest

Many growers put in paddock test strips to investigate yield response to fertiliser or other crop amendments. The value of test strips can be lost if harvest is not planned to capture yield information. Growers and advisors with test strips in place should be talking with each other about how […]

Zinc deficiency shows up in the cold

The cold snaps seen in southern Australia this year gave conditions where zinc deficiencies typically appear. Zinc deficiency tends to occur early in the growing season when soils are cold and wet. Shoot growth then outpaces root development. Root-pruning herbicides can induce zinc deficiency by the same mechanism. Zinc deficiency […]

What nutrients are lost when making hay from failed crops?

Cutting for hay is an option to get some economic value from a failed crop. Growers with an eye to the long term productivity of their paddocks weigh the value of the hay against the value of leaving the crop material in the paddock. Nutrients that would otherwise be recycled […]

Better Fertiliser Decisions for Cropping (BFDC) workshop

BFDC Interrogator workshop
Thursday 17 September 2015, Horsham.
BCG with the GRDC More Profit from Crop Nutrition II program is running  a FREE Better Fertiliser Decisions for Cropping (BFDC) interrogator workshop on . The workshop is for advisors and consultants.
By the end of the workshop, participants will have authorisation to use the database tool.
The BFDC Interrogator […]

Rain in the North – the flow on for crop nutrition

Rain received in late August in the northern grains region will help winter crops finish in NSW, but more is needed in September to make a great finish. Growers who have already top dressed should be happy, however the window is closing fast for growers to boost yield with extra nitrogen. […]

Correcting micronutrient deficiencies

Ross Brennan from DAFWA talks about a current micronutrient project funded by the GRDC as part of the More Profit from Crop Nutrition II Program.
Recent GRDC funded research in Western Australia showed that both foliar sprays and nutrient applications to soil are very effective in correcting micronutrient deficiencies in crops. Applying […]

Diagnosing crop problems

Diagnosing the cause of symptoms seen in crops can be helped by sampling soils and plant tissues during the growing season. Where patches of poor growth are seen, either soil or plant tissue samples from within the good and poor patches can be taken and sent for analysis.
For plant tissue […]

Fertcare® Nitrogen Use Efficiency workshops

Applying the right form of nitrogen fertilizer at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place has important implications for crop profitability, greenhouse gas emissions and water quality impacts. The Fertcare® and Cotton Info Team is facilitating a Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) workshop for Fertcare® participants […]