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Crop Nutrition Strategies

Crop Nutrition Strategies

Beaufort River, Western Australia

  • Author: SWCC
  • Date Posted: Aug 27, 2014
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  • Address: Beaufort River, Western Australia

Project Details

Project Delivery: Bugs and Biology Growers

Contact: Peter Clifton (SWCC – Bunbury). Ph: 9724 2469. Email: peter.clifton@swccnrm.org.au

Website: SWCC Sustainable Agriculture

Start Date:  January 2015                     End Date: December 2017

Site ID:  IN9

Size Are Ha: 1

 

Project Aim

To compare the effect of different crop nutrition strategies on soil health and profit. The project commenced in 2014 under the Australian Government’s Community Landcare Grant and will continue until 2017 with funding from South West Catchments Council.

‘The trial is about increasing our knowledge and confidence to make a change from the conventional system of growing crops. We think the high input system has knocked the country around. But nobody will change unless there is good data to allay fear. We aren’t looking for silver bullets, just tools. It’s not about finding which strategy is best. We want to know what alternative strategies have to offer so farmers can match them to their economic situation, soil condition and soil type. We want to make a quid while improving the natural resource. That’s our goal.’ – Rob and Caroline Rex, participating farmers.

 

Methodology

Trials will be conducted on two properties, one on Jarrah gravel south of Kojonup and one on sandy loam west of Wagin. The trial consists of 8 treatments replicated 4 times per farm.

The treatments being compared include a Nil – control, two conventional treatments and 5 alternative treatments.

Monitoring includes:

  • Gross margin
  • Available soil nutrients
  • Total soil nutrients
  • Plant biomass
  • Grain quality
  • Grain yield
  • pH (0-10cm, 10-20cm and 20-30cm)
  • carbon levels
  • moisture holding capacity
  • bulk density
  • disease
  • insect attack
  • % weed cover

 

Events

Field walk 1 – October 2014 – for feedback about what happened at the field walk, read our  Media release

This project is supported by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA.

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