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Tag archive: fertilizer

Kick-start crops with compost

Compost can improve overall soil health and benefit crops. The organic matter may improve soil structure, infiltration and porosity.  The soil’s water and nutrient holding capacity may get a boost. Compost feeds the microbes in soil, which in turn increases soil fertility. Compost and nutrients Individual composts are different. The […]

Compost for agriculture – free training for advisors

A series of Fertcare® workshops across NSW will provide insight into the  benefits and impacts  of using composts in agricultural production, and skills in advising their use alongside conventional fertilisers. This free training is aimed at agronomists providing detailed soil and plant nutrition advice. The workshops are delivered by NSW […]

The good, the bad and the ugly of topdressing opportunities

Topdressing decisions have to be made or revised, as the season progresses. The best nutrient use efficiency is achieved when nutrient supply matches crop demand. Splitting N applications through the season can better match crop demand than applying all N upfront, and allows some of the expense to be deferred […]

Timing is more important than form with nitrogen

Getting the timing right for topdressed N fertiliser to best match crop demand is more important for N use efficiency than choosing the right N fertiliser form. Field experiments generally show that granular urea, urea solutions and UAN perform equally well in supplying N when used in-crop. The most common […]

Dig deeper if you really want to know about Nitrogen

Rain encourages soil microbes to mineralise soil organic nitrogen (N) into plant available mineral forms. Some mineral N can leach, moving down in the soil profile with subsequent rain. Deep N soil testing can better estimate the amount of N available in the soil for the crop to make use […]

Do late sown crops need extra Phosphorus?

As winter sowing dates get later a crop’s potential response to Phosphorus (P) fertiliser rises, at the same time absolute yield potential is falling. This raises the question of what adjustments might need to be made to P fertiliser rates. Plant physiology indicates that later sown crops should be more […]

Think twice before sowing chickpeas into high Nitrogen soils

leaf tips are dead

The current temptingly high chickpea prices make them an attractive option. In paddocks with high soil nitrate (>100kg N/ha) chickpeas may not yield as well as expected, or deliver the usual legume break crop advantage of a net benefit to the paddock’s nitrogen (N) balance. Paddocks can have high starting […]

Give seeds the best chance by avoiding fertiliser damage

Germinating seeds can be damaged by fertiliser placed too close or applied at too high rates. You can check how much fertiliser you can safely drill using the seed damage calculator. The amount of fertiliser that can be safely placed with seed depends on: Crop type Overall canola and lentils […]

How to review Nitrogen nutrition at 3 timely points in the season

John Angus is a researcher with the CSIRO and a mixed enterprise farmer in southern NSW. At the 2016 GRDC research updates John reported on a three stage process to make strategic decisions about Nitrogen (N) nutrition through the season for dryland farmers. Stage 1 – Prior to sowing Prepare […]

Test first, then time Nitrogen fertiliser to reduce losses

Optimal timing of Nitrogen fertiliser applications can maximise crop uptake and reduce losses to the atmosphere. Soil Nitrogen (N) dynamics in Victoria show some big differences between regions. High rates of N losses recorded from soils in the High Rainfall Zone (HRZ) emphasise how important timing of N applications can […]

Watch our webinar: how to review last season’s crop nutrition decisions

You might know how much you or your client spent on crop nutrition last season, but do you know if it was well spent? Review at the end of the season is the best place to answer that question. How do you assess how well last season’s crop nutrition management […]

N-rich strips show if your crop needs a boost this season

  An N-rich test strip in your paddock allows you to follow nitrogen supply in-crop, and see what responses are likely to additional N. The test strip is a part of the paddock where additional N is applied – above the base rate applied to the rest of the paddock. […]