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Tag archive: fertiliser

Subsoil manuring provides long term N supply

Some growers have been able to reduce N inputs for at least three years following the placement of manure into the subsoil. Trials in Victoria’s High Rainfall Zone by Southern Farming Systems are showing promising signs of multiple benefits from subsoil manuring. Originally, subsoil manuring was primarily for improving the […]

Top 10 crop nutrition articles 2015

During 2015 eXtensionAUS Crop Nutrition published 43 articles on many different aspects of crop nutrition in the Australian grains industry. All of these articles were prepared with, and reviewed by, members of our Community of Practice, Australia’s leading experts in crop nutrition. These are our top ten – the most popular […]

Webinar: Review crop nutrition in your paddocks

Webinar recording coming soon As part of the More Profit from Crop Nutrition national extension program,Chris Dowling presented a webinar for advisors and growers from all Australian grains regions covering the techniques for evaluating how the previous season’s crop nutrition delivered in terms of yield. The webinar covered what information you need, different measures of […]

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Fertiliser recommendations and soil tests

Surveys have indicated soil testing is underutilised in Australia for developing paddock or site specific fertiliser applications. Soil testing provides a seasonal index of the nutrients present in soil and helps inform decisions on the right types, methods and rates of fertiliser to meet crop requirements. The process for developing […]

How good was your crop nutrition last season? Tools for review

How do you assess how well last season’s crop nutrition management shaped up? Every grower knows how much they spend on crop nutrition. They do not always know if it was well spent. A good crop nutrition program maintains soil fertility, and supplies what is needed to meet the productivity […]

Nitrogen Use Efficiency training online

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 […]

Deep Phosphorus fertiliser trials in NSW

Deep phosphorus (P) placement to improve crop productivity is being investigated in the central west of NSW, at Gilgandra and Nyngan. Led by Dr. Mike Bell (QAAFI), the trial investigates how deep P placement affects the fertility of the subsoil, and the economic effectiveness of deep P placement. The work […]

How critical is the critical level?

Critical soil nutrient levels indicate whether a yield response to fertiliser is likely – or not. Their role is to help avoid unnecessary or uneconomic applications of fertiliser. Critical levels are used in interpreting soil test results to make fertiliser recommendations. The critical level is the value required to achieve […]

How Australian crop advisors make quality fertiliser recommendations

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 […]

Data gold from your test strip at harvest

Many growers put in paddock test strips to investigate yield response to fertiliser or other crop amendments. The value of test strips can be lost if harvest is not planned to capture yield information. Growers and advisors with test strips in place should be talking with each other about how […]

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 […]

Turnaround in yield potential for the west

Rainfall in late July and early August changes the outlook for grain growers in some parts of Western Australia. Earlier this month AEGIC released a statement on the changing fortunes of the 2015 season. The STIN model predicted the average wheat yield across the state of Western Australia moving from […]