Crop Nutrition

Frost and Copper deficiency – similar symptoms different causes

leaves showing damage and rolling of leaf tip

2014: frost has been a big topic in southeastern Australia with some crops severely damaged. The damage so far in 2014 is from early very heavy frost (<-4oC). In some crops the developing head has been killed. Tillers then must carry the yield burden, providing they are not damaged. Those […]

To cut for hay or not?

Highly variable rainfall across the Wimmera and Mallee, followed by some hot windy conditions has left growers in the thick of decision making. As harvest edges closer, many are considering the merits of following cereals through to harvest or cutting for hay. Read the full story on BCG’s website. Photos courtesy […]

Liquid P – Does it deliver?

Trials in central NSW showed that 2 forms of liquid P fertilizer delivered similar yield responses to the same level of P applied as MAP on a deficient soil with low PBI. Higher cost per unit of P with these products, meant that MAP was still the more economic form […]

Q&A: Target levels for Zn & Cu

Question: Target trace element soil concentrations What target trace element (Zn and Cu) soil concentrations should a farmer be aiming for on duplex mallee soils? (Cascade, WA) Received: 19/09/2014 Answer The value of soil tests in diagnosing micronutrient supply is limited. Soil test values give a general view of the potential […]

Finding the true value of Twitter

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Pulse crops nodulation and Nitrogen in southern farming systems

Pulse crops can fix large quantities of N into the soil if correctly nodulated. Farmers are encouraged to check their crops during the season for nodulation. Eric Armstrong, pulse crop research agronomist with NSW DPI at Wagga, demonstrates in this video how to do your own checking. He shows results […]

Canola and Nitrogen trials in southern Australia

NSW DPI research & development agronomist Rohan Brill talks about the Yield response to applied N on canola in his trials in southern NSW this year (2014).  The trials compare responses to N rates across hybrid and pollinated varieties (triazine tolerant and intolerant).  In this paddock which had a starting […]

Is it too late for N?

Perspectives from the Northern, Southern and Western grain growing regions, September 2014. South Chris Sounness, Birchip Cropping Group. In the southern region the condition of the crops in late 2014 is diverse. Struggling, almost unharvestable through some areas of the southern Mallee in Victoria, to looking very good through some […]

Be alert for signs of nutrient deficiencies

Now is a good time of year to look for unusual symptoms in your crops that could indicate possible nutrient deficiencies. As Mark Conyers’ says, “Sometimes the best fertiliser is the shadow of the farmer”, so keep your eyes open while going around your crops. Things like poor growth or […]

P sources – bang for your buck

  Col McMaster from NSW DPI talks about the key take homes messages from research conducted in the Forbes area into the cost effectiveness of various sources of Phosphorus fertiliser. Col was talking about this research at a GRDC update held in Wellington NSW in August. Further reading GRDC: The most […]