Does addressing soil constraints change crop nutrition requirements? DAFWA researcher Craig Scanlan runs field trials in central and northern WA. The trials investigate links between soils, seasons and crop nutrition. The focus is how incorporating lime affects yield response to fertilisers. Soil mixing to treat water repellent soils is also […]
Topic: Western region
Crop damage caused by frost looks a lot like copper deficiency. Leaf damage extends back from the tip of the leaf. Damage to seed heads can be easily confused too. Other than similar symptoms, there’s little evidence yet to link frost and copper deficiency.
The location of damage can help with […]
Large areas of West Australian cropping soils have low potassium (K) reserves. Acidity also constrains most of these soils. Potassium deficiencies have become more widespread with intensive cropping, removal of hay or stubbles, and K fertiliser inputs lower than removal rates.
James Easton is the Field Research Manager with CSBP […]
Biserrula is proving a beneficial pasture legume for cereal crop rotations in Western Australia. This persistent annual legume can be used to rest and rehabilitate heavily cropped country, and to manage weeds. Used in pasture phases, it can leave plenty of nitrogen available for future crops, and eventually provides good grazing […]
Having sufficient potassium reduces crop damage in frost events. Field trials in Western Australia showed benefits from potassium in wheat and canola. Richard Bell is a researcher at Murdoch University. In this video he explains:
Crops respond more to potassium fertiliser in seasons that stress the plants with drought or frost […]
A free, online webinar to explain the concept of an economically optimum nitrogen rate. The optimum is derived using a ratio of the price of wheat to the price of nitrogen. This framework can help growers and advisors achieve better returns on nitrogen expenditure when used in conjunction with N […]
Crops may need extra Potassium when they under stress from drought or frost. There is a theoretical basis, and now GRDC funded research is looking into whether applying additional potassium is worthwhile when plants are under stress.
Getting the right combination of drought and frost conditions to get meaningful results from […]
Claying by delving brings subsoil clays up to the surface. It’s a proven treatment for water repellency. Integrating clays into sandy topsoils also changes their nutrient status. What happens depends on the specific clay material involved.
Testing of clay material prior to spreading or delving is very important to ensure a […]
Significant new research is investigating how management of nitrogen fertilizer can be optimised for crop profitability, alongside minimising greenhouse gas emissions and impacts on water quality. Fertcare® has brought this new information, along with a summary of existing best science and their practical implications into a training package.
Following a series […]
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 […]