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Tag archive: fertiliser

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 […]

Adding N with Legumes

Mark Peoples from CSIRO talks about recent research, funded by GRDC,  into the value of legume rotations for adding nitrogen (N) to cropping soils, and explains some rules of thumb for growers in the southern region. The work looked at two kinds of legume rotation: pulse crops where the grain […]

SPOTLIGHT: Fertiliser calculator

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) have recently upgraded their online fertiliser calculator tool. The free calculator is designed to guide decisions on which fertilisers represent the best value for money while meeting crop nutrient requirements. The calculator allows comparisons of 1500 commercially available fertiliser products for […]

Carbon credits from fertilizer management

Cotton farmers could soon add value to their nitrogen fertilizer management by earning income in a similar process to graziers under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) that recently passed through the Senate. Emissions reduction methods set out the rules for estimating emissions reductions from different activities, and ensure that emissions reductions […]

Nitrogen volatilised – factors affecting how much is lost

Fertiliser nitrogen may be lost from the soil in several different ways, including: ● ammonia volatilisation, ● nitrate leaching and ● nitrate denitrification. Factors affecting these losses include the fertiliser compound, fertiliser form, type of application, timing of application, soil properties, rainfall amount and intensity, and temperature and wind after […]

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 […]

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 […]

Managing crop nutrition

Chris Dowling from Back Paddock Company and member of eXtensionAUS Crop Nutrition talks about in crop nitrogen while at the Managing Crop Nutrition for Growers update at Dubbo.

How even is your spread?

The vast majority of fertiliser spreaders deliver highly varied spread patterns. Accu-Spread evaluates spread patterns from broadcast spreaders to help achieve an even result. A new machine is no guarantee that an acceptable spread pattern will be achieved. Most spreaders do not provide acceptable uniformity of spread at the typical […]

Tissue testing tells….

Plant tissue testing helps ensure fertiliser responses are not compromised by factors we can control. How effective was the fertiliser applied? Tissue testing tells a lot about the effectiveness of different fertiliser treatments. The effectiveness of one product compared to another, or one strategy versus another is ultimately determined by […]

Nitrogen low in the West

Plant-available nitrogen in the soil profile is lower across the western grainbelt this year compared with the previous four years. Grain growers across the Western region are urged to monitor crops for nitrogen deficiency. Last season’s high grain yields and the dry summer have combined to reduce soil nitrogen. For […]