Topic: fertilizer

Soil sampling with banded fertiliser

Soil sampling paddocks with a history of precision placement of fertilizer requires special planning. Some elements, such as soil P, remain very close to where they were placed in the soil. Random sampling could give falsely high or low test results depending on how the sampling pattern intersects with the placement […]

How critical is the critical level?

Critical soil nutrient levels indicate whether a yield response to fertiliser is likely – or not. Their role is to help avoid unnecessary or uneconomic applications of fertiliser. Critical levels are used in interpreting soil test results to make fertiliser recommendations.
The critical level is the value required to achieve […]

Top up nutrients after a good year

Nutrients leave the paddock with the grain. A good yield means more nutrients go out and less remain in the soil. Some nutrients may need topping up to maintain yields.
How much topping up?
Different grains contain varying amounts of nutrients. The table below gives estimates of the nutrients removed in […]

Is nitrogen placement different north vs south?

Trials looking at placing nitrogen fertiliser into the soil have shown some different outcomes. In the southern region adding mid-row banding (MRB) to the crop nutrition toolkit looks interesting. A trial showed modest yield gains and better fertiliser uptake. In the northern region, rate looks more important than how nitrogen […]

How to account for stubble nutrients next season

Stubbles can be a source of nutrients for next season. Different crops grown under different conditions have varying amounts of nutrients in their stubbles. Nutrient budgets can consider the amount and type of stubble.
How much stubble?

Stubble loads can be estimated from grain yield and the amount of growth. For cereals, […]

How is extension for crop nutrition evolving?

Over 7000 people engaged with the MPCN Northern Region program in 2012 – 2015. The More Profit for Crop Nutrition (MPCN) program aimed to improve returns from fertiliser. The program funded research and extension on soil and crop nutrition. The e-Extension and Training projects integrated the latest advice. Growers and […]

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 […]

Kick-start crops with compost

Compost can improve overall soil health and benefit crops. The organic matter may improve soil structure, infiltration and porosity.  The soil’s water and nutrient holding capacity may get a boost. Compost feeds the microbes in soil, which in turn increases soil fertility.
Compost and nutrients
Individual composts are different. The source […]

Compost for agriculture – free training for advisors

A series of Fertcare® workshops across NSW will provide insight into the  benefits and impacts  of using composts in agricultural production, and skills in advising their use alongside conventional fertilisers. This free training is aimed at agronomists providing detailed soil and plant nutrition advice. The workshops are delivered by NSW […]

The good, the bad and the ugly of topdressing opportunities

Topdressing decisions have to be made or revised, as the season progresses. The best nutrient use efficiency is achieved when nutrient supply matches crop demand. Splitting N applications through the season can better match crop demand than applying all N upfront, and allows some of the expense to be deferred […]