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Crop nutrition field day provides local solutions

Researchers, agronomists and leading grain growers came together in July and August for a series of successful on-farm workshops presented by the More Profit from Crop Nutrition II (MPCN II) project.

  • Findings from recent soil and plant nutrition research were outlined by crop nutrition and agronomy researchers, followed by in-depth discussions focused on adapting this information to the local cropping environment.

At the Walgett workshop, leading local agronomist Greg Rummery outlined some local crop nutrition strategies. Other research topics covered out in the paddock included carbon for soil structure, farm management impacts on soil biology, deep banding phosphorus and potassium, and managing nitrogen losses to improve crop production.

Key issues discussed by growers and advisors attending the Walgett day included:

  • the importance of better soil nutrient monitoring, particularly deeper in the root zone
  • micronutrient management including solutions for zinc deficiencies
  • compaction, soil biology, and the adoption of controlled traffic farming systems
  • the importance of crop rotations and the role of legumes for soil health.

Workshops were held in Moree, Narrabri, Walgett, Parkes, Rankin Springs and Cootamundra

Greg Rummery is the 2016 recipient of the Brownhill Cup awarded for his commitment to research and collaboration to create more sustainable methods of farming.

More Profit from Crop Nutrition II (MPCN II) is a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) project. The workshops were presented in partnership with Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and Birchip Cropping Group (BCG). 


Greg Rummery, Greg Rummery Consulting, Walgett.

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