Category: Strategic Planning

Why should you keep good farm records?

Detailed records on crop nutrition help growers and advisors: Plan fertiliser applications Farm records feed into nutrient budgets and future fertiliser decisions. Nitrogen budgets rely on soil test data, yield, and grain protein estimates. Yield and protein expectations are often informed by records from previous, similar seasons. Review performance How […]

How to fine-tune mid-season nitrogen

Applying nitrogen (N) at multiple times during the season can better match crop demand, minimise risk, and increase returns. Mid-season is a good time to reassess crop N needs. There are a variety of tools to help growers estimate crop N needs. Most use a budget where the N rate […]

How much nitrogen can pulses supply to the next crop?

Howard Cox, DAF QLD Growing pulses can increase soil nitrogen (N) stocks. Researchers in QLD have developed some rules of thumb to estimate pulse-N contribution to the next cereal crop. The rules apply to chickpeas and faba beans. Calculating N from pulses Good crops In a good chickpea or faba […]

How to keep bulk fertiliser deliveries safe

Bulk fertiliser deliveries can cause accidents and near misses. Overhead obstacles, unsafe access, and dumped product are potential hazards. Fertiliser safety is everyone’s responsibility.  The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) will soon be amended to reflect this. The changes mean that every party in the supply chain – not just […]

Research into mid-row banding benefits continues

In 2016, Agriculture Victoria researcher Ashley Wallace conducted mid-row banding (MRB) trials in Victoria. These were part of the GRDC/Agriculture Victoria Regional Research Agronomist program.The trials compared MRB nitrogen fertiliser in-crop to other application methods. MRB is when fertiliser is applied in concentrated bands below the surface to every second […]

Use tissue tests to detect deficiencies

Micronutrients or trace elements are an essential part of crop nutrition. They are as important as the better-known macronutrients nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. This was a key message on the southern tour of the MPCN II Roadshow in August 2016. Scott and Jillian Vaessen farm at Tabbita in southern NSW. […]

Nitrogen management key driver of WUE

The rate of nitrogen (N) fertiliser applied is the stand-out variable influencing water use efficiency (WUE) in wheat crops. This was the main finding in a four-year research trial in western Victoria. Ten variables accounted for a third of the WUE variation between sites. Trial set up Data collection points […]

New way to gauge nutrient status

Nutrient Rich Strips are not new in cropping. They are used to see if there is a clear growth response to an applied nutrient. But it is often hard to quantify the response and translate it into fertiliser rate recommendations. Some fertiliser advisors are using a new tool to address […]

How to protect your grain – prevent contamination

There have been a few cases of Australian grain being contaminated with chemicals after harvest. The chemical ended up on the grain through using the same trucks to move treated fertiliser and transport grain. About 15% of Australian cereal crops use fungicide treated fertilizer. The fungicide flutriafol controls certain fungal […]

Does incorporating lime boost fertiliser response?

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 […]