Category: Strategic Planning

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Uneven urea spreading costs $$

The majority of fertilizer spreaders deliver substantial variation in their spread pattern. Some areas of the paddock receive too much fertilizer and others too little.
Recent improvements to the Accu-Spread program now allow yield and gross return outcomes from varying nitrogen fertilizer spread patterns to be assessed in wheat and dairy […]

Soil carbon and emissions in Australian grains soils

One of Australia’s largest nitrous oxide (N2O) research projects has some good news for grain growers and the wider Australian community. A national effort, funded by the GRDC in partnership with the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, investigated the impact of increased soil organic carbon levels onN2O emissions, grain yield […]

Do you know your Nitrogen Use Efficiency?

Water use efficiency is widely recognised as a key performance indicator for crop production. Similarly nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) is an important indicator of resource use effectiveness and economic performance of this important crop input.
Why measure NUE?
Nitrogen fertilizer is frequently the biggest single cost within cropping variable costs. With slim cropping […]

Manage pH for profit

Video: Craig Scanlan from Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia talks about the interactions between nutrition and soil acidity.
Research in Western Australia has been looking into the interactions between Phosphorus (P) fertiliser rates and soil pH given that most West Australian cropping soils have good soil P reserves but […]