To understand the financial benefit of the many ameliorations options, it is vital to know how long the productivity gains from their implementation are likely to last. In this trial, large-scale on-farm strip trials with repeated controls using grower seeders and harvesters were applied. This trial deonstrated one-off mouldboard ploughing, rotoary spading and claying.
This trial aimed to evaluate early foliar disease suppression of soil applied fungicides, compare early soil disease control to a foliar only strategy, compare efficacy of different foliar fungicides on yield at a ~Z31 and Z39 applications as well as comparative of seed treatments.
The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of paired and single seeding configurations on the timely emergence of crops. While the use of paired row seeding configurations has been popular and well adopted among growers in recent years, there is little independent data to quantify the benefit of paired row seeding configurations on the timely emergence of crops over a range of seeding depths and soil types.
This trial aimed to establish how claying of sands alters crop nutrient management. Subsoil clays used for clay amendment of sands vary greatly in properties. The trial determined testing subsoils for key properties best ensures a positive response to investment in clay amendment. Two of the field experiments were studied at Badgingarra on a site with low levels of water repellence.
Three demonstration sites were established over the 4 years looking at the interaction of lime rate and cultivation in changing subsoil pH. Sites were located in Warrdarge and North Badgingarra. Spading and mouldboarding to incorporate lime are both relatively expensive methods of increasing subsoil pH and reducing non-wetting. These NACC funded demonstrations aimed to asses the effectiveness of modified one-way plough at achieving subsoil pH change.
The wheat varieties bred for traditional wheatbelt with the low and medium rainfall may limit yield potential when grown in the high rainfall area. Lengthening the construction period duration (CPD) of the spike growth may increase the sink size and therefore potential yield. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationships between yield, flowering time and the duration of spike growth period and to investigate whether yield can be improved by lengthening CPD.
Over the past five years considerable research has been undertaken assessing options for water repellent sands but less has been done for the gravel soils. The aim of this research is to look at soil water repellence management options for sandy gravel soils over a four year period (until December 2018). This research consisted of on-farm strip trials comprised of five different treatments for water repellence (Control, Paired row, minimal disturbance and two types of wetting agents) in combination with two cultivation treatments (modified one-way plough or no plough). The first year study showed that the adoption of a strategic tillage practice (one-way plough) provided a significant improvement in terms of crop establishment and grain yields on a moderately repellent sandy gravel.
One-off soil inversion and deep soil mixing can ameliorate repellent soils, incorporate nutrients and remove some compaction. Trials to date have shown benefits in crop productivity and yield but a more detailed understanding of the changes in soil properties and crop performance over time is required to better understand the drivers of changes in productivity and implications of buried topsoil. This trial was located in Badgingarra on pale, yellow and deep water repellent sand.
Many people perceive that putting fertilizer with the same nutrient analysis on crops will result in similar yields. This trial was designed to demonstrate the yield differences in using a blended NPK fertiliser as compared to a compound NPK fertiliser. Conducted on red brown sandplain, the trial was located in East Arrino, north of Three Springs.
Omission trials are a good visual way of highlighting the importance of each nutrient. In this trial we looked at each macronutrient and its importance to canola. Soil tests run through NUlogic suggested the potential for deficiencies in nitrogen (N), sulphur (S) and possibly potassium (K). This trial was conducted in Dandaragan on sandy loam soil. The site was very responsive to nitrogen (N) fertiliser.