Crop Nutrition

The cost of a poor spread pattern

In a follow-up to our article How even is your spread?  Chris Lightfoot, Consultant Economist from Melbourne, talks about the Accu-Spread program and recent work to estimate the cost of bout width variation delivered by most fertilizer spreaders. What is the reduction in variation worth the farmers in terms of gross margin?
Chris […]

To cut for hay or not?

Highly variable rainfall across the Wimmera and Mallee, followed by some hot windy conditions has left growers in the thick of decision making. As harvest edges closer, many are considering the merits of following cereals through to harvest or cutting for hay.
Read the full story on BCG’s website.
Photos courtesy of the […]

Q&A: Target levels for Zn & Cu

Question: Target trace element soil concentrations
What target trace element (Zn and Cu) soil concentrations should a farmer be aiming for on duplex mallee soils? (Cascade, WA)
Received: 19/09/2014
The value of soil tests in diagnosing micronutrient supply is limited. Soil test values give a general view of the potential response to added […]

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Pulse crops nodulation and Nitrogen in southern farming systems

Pulse crops can fix large quantities of N into the soil if correctly nodulated. Farmers are encouraged to check their crops during the season for nodulation.
Eric Armstrong, pulse crop research agronomist with NSW DPI at Wagga, demonstrates in this video how to do your own checking. He shows results of […]

Canola and Nitrogen trials in southern Australia

NSW DPI research & development agronomist Rohan Brill talks about the Yield response to applied N on canola in his trials in southern NSW this year (2014).  The trials compare responses to N rates across hybrid and pollinated varieties (triazine tolerant and intolerant).  In this paddock which had a starting […]

Is it too late for N?

Perspectives from the Northern, Southern and Western grain growing regions, September 2014.
Chris Sounness, Birchip Cropping Group.
In the southern region the condition of the crops in late 2014 is diverse. Struggling, almost unharvestable through some areas of the southern Mallee in Victoria, to looking very good through some parts of SA […]