Managing soil moisture

Moisture for germination and growth is critical to crop performance. Many different strategies exist to conserve soil moisture pre and post sowing, including spraying and tillage.

Online Farm Trials contains 150 trials covering issues that include: managing moisture variability within paddock; crop rotations that optimise moisture availability in the sequence; impacts of break crops and summer crops for production; and, future crop gains and interactions between soil moisture and nitrogen conservation, including timing of fertiliser application. There are 65 published trials for wheat, 16 for canola and 16 for barley linked to soil moisture conservation and use. There are also trials for lupins (6) and vetch (4).

For further information on soil moisture strategies, refer to the following case studies on low rainfall environments that consider summer weed control options to managing soil moisture:

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The aim of this investigation was to use the cropping systems simulator APSIM to assess the impact of high levels of sodicity chlorine, electrical conductivity and boron on the growth and yield of a wheat crop (cv. Yitpi) grown in the BCG Systems Trial.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil
Watchupga East, VIC
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Adopting profitable crop sequences in the South Australian Mallee

Michael Moodie, Todd McDonald (MSF), Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI) and Ray Correll (Rho Environmetrics)

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  • Trials were implemented to compare break crop productivity and profitability on major soil types in the northern South Australian Mallee. This information will help farmers in the region to select the most appropriate break crop for their farming system.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Crop Type
Loxton, SA
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Adopting profitable crop sequences in the South Australian Mallee

Michael Moodie, Todd McDonald (MSF), Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI) and Ray Correll (Rho Environmetrics)

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  • Trials were implemented to compare break crop productivity and profitability on major soil types in the northern South Australian Mallee. This information will help farmers in the region to select the most appropriate break crop for their farming system.

Crop type: Chickpeas 1 trial Crop Type
Loxton, SA
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Adopting profitable crop sequences in the South Australian Mallee

Michael Moodie, Todd McDonald (MSF), Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI) and Ray Correll (Rho Environmetrics)

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  • Trials were implemented to compare break crop productivity and profitability on major soil types in the northern South Australian Mallee. This information will help farmers in the region to select the most appropriate break crop for their farming system.

Crop type: Lentils 1 trial Crop Type
Loxton, SA
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Adopting profitable crop sequences in the South Australian Mallee

Michael Moodie, Todd McDonald (MSF), Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI) and Ray Correll (Rho Environmetrics)

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  • Trials were implemented to compare break crop productivity and profitability on major soil types in the northern South Australian Mallee. This information will help farmers in the region to select the most appropriate break crop for their farming system.

Crop type: Faba beans 1 trial Crop Type
Loxton, SA
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Adopting profitable crop sequences in the South Australian Mallee

Michael Moodie, Todd McDonald (MSF), Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI) and Ray Correll (Rho Environmetrics)

Aims:

  • Trials were implemented to compare break crop productivity and profitability on major soil types in the northern South Australian Mallee. This information will help farmers in the region to select the most appropriate break crop for their farming system.

Crop type: Lupins 1 trial Crop Type
Loxton, SA
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Adopting profitable crop sequences in the South Australian Mallee

Michael Moodie, Todd McDonald (MSF), Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI) and Ray Correll (Rho Environmetrics)

Aims:

  • Trials were implemented to compare break crop productivity and profitability on major soil types in the northern South Australian Mallee. This information will help farmers in the region to select the most appropriate break crop for their farming system.

Crop type: Vetch 1 trial Crop Type
Loxton, SA
Trial Report Unavailable Source Data Unavailable
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Adopting profitable crop sequences in the South Australian Mallee

Michael Moodie, Todd McDonald (MSF), Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI) and Ray Correll (Rho Environmetrics)

Aims:

  • Trials were implemented to compare break crop productivity and profitability on major soil types in the northern South Australian Mallee. This information will help farmers in the region to select the most appropriate break crop for their farming system.

Crop type: Field peas 1 trial Crop Type
Loxton, SA
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To provide a demonstration site to observe the effects of mouldboard ploughing vs. no cultivation on non-wetting soils and crop growth and yield.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil Preparation Soil amelioration Type Soil amelioration Rate
Wickepin, WA
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To assess the interaction between clay rate and incorporation methods to overcome soil water repellence and improve crop establishment and productivity.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil amelioration Rate
Bolgart, WA
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The demonstration undertaken at four on-farm sites seeks to test the Yield Prophet tool to determine its relevance and usefulness to growers of the West Midlands region in determining the most efficient and effective nitrogen strategy.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser
West Moora, WA
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The demonstration undertaken at four on-farm sites seeks to test the Yield Prophet tool to determine its relevance and usefulness to growers of the West Midlands region in determining the most efficient and effective nitrogen strategy.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser
Badgingarra, WA
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The demonstration undertaken at four on-farm sites seeks to test the Yield Prophet tool to determine its relevance and usefulness to growers of the West Midlands region in determining the most efficient and effective nitrogen strategy.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser
Badgingarra, WA
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To determine the critical concentration of zinc for plant growth in chickpea shoots

Crop type: Chickpeas 1 trial Fertiliser Rate
University of Adelaide , SA
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Demonstrate best practice phalaris establishment and management at the PPS/EverGraze site at Mooneys Gap which should provide information to producers to give them confidence to increase phalaris use.

Crop type: Mixed species 1 trial Crop Crop Type
Mooney's Gap, VIC
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Demonstrate best practice phalaris establishment and management at the PPS/EverGraze site at Mooneys Gap which should provide information to producers to give them confidence to increase phalaris use.

Crop type: Mixed species 1 trial Crop Crop Type
Mooney's Gap, VIC
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Demonstrate best practice phalaris establishment and management at the PPS/EverGraze site at Mooneys Gap which should provide information to producers to give them confidence to increase phalaris use.

Crop type: Mixed species 1 trial Crop Crop Type
Mooney's Gap, VIC
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Demonstrate best practice phalaris establishment and management at the PPS/EverGraze site at Mooneys Gap which should provide information to producers to give them confidence to increase phalaris use.

Crop type: Mixed species 1 trial Crop Crop Type
Mooney's Gap, VIC
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To demonstrate the ideal depth for optimum canola establishment in local conditions.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Sowing Method
Charlton, VIC
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To demonstrate the ideal depth for optimum canola establishment in local conditions.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Sowing Method
Sea Lake, VIC
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To demonstrate the ideal depth for optimum canola establishment in local conditions.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Sowing Method
Birchip, VIC
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To discuss canola variety selection for 2007.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Variety Type
Horsham, VIC
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To investigate the impact that stubble treatments (burning, cultivation, harrowed/flattened or standing stubble) imposed towards the end of the fallow have on the yield of winter crops.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Stubble
Lake Cargelligo, NSW
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To investigate the impact that stubble treatments (burning, cultivation, harrowed/flattened or standing stubble) imposed towards the end of the fallow have on the yield of winter crops.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Stubble
Gunning Gap, NSW
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To investigate the impact that stubble treatments (burning, cultivation, harrowed/flattened or standing stubble) imposed towards the end of the fallow have on the yield of winter crops.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Stubble
Ungarie, NSW
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To investigate the impact that stubble treatments (burning, cultivation, harrowed/flattened or standing stubble) imposed towards the end of the fallow have on the yield of winter crops.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Stubble
West Wyalong, NSW
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To investigate the impact that stubble treatments (burning, cultivation, harrowed/flattened or standing stubble) imposed towards the end of the fallow have on the yield of winter crops.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Stubble
Alectown, NSW
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To investigate the impact that stubble treatments (burning, cultivation, harrowed/flattened or standing stubble) imposed towards the end of the fallow have on the yield of winter crops.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Stubble
Gunning Gap, NSW
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To investigate the impact that stubble treatments (burning, cultivation, harrowed/flattened or standing stubble) imposed towards the end of the fallow have on the yield of winter crops.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Stubble
Weethalle, NSW
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To investigate the impact that stubble treatments (burning, cultivation, harrowed/flattened or standing stubble) imposed towards the end of the fallow have on the yield of winter crops.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Stubble
Mumbil Creek, NSW
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To investigate whether plant growth affected by sodic subsoils.

Crop type: Multiple 3 trials Soil
Condobolin, NSW Forbes, NSW Parkes, NSW
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To investigate whether plant growth affected by sodic subsoils.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Soil
Tottenham, NSW
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Conserving moisture during summer

Claire Browne (BCG); James Hunt & Dr Therese McBeath (CSIRO)

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To quantify how paddock stubble load and weed burden during summer can affect available soil water, nutrients and subsequent crop yield.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Stubble Management
Hopetoun, VIC
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Conserving moisture during summer

Claire Browne (BCG); James Hunt & Dr Therese McBeath (CSIRO)

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To quantify how paddock stubble load and weed burden during summer can affect available soil water, nutrients and subsequent crop yield.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Stubble Management
Hopetoun, VIC
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Conserving moisture during summer

Claire Browne (BCG), James Hunt, Anthony Whitbread and Damian Mowat (CSIRO)

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To quantify how paddock stubble load and weed burden during summer can affect available soil water, nutrients and subsequent crop yield.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Soil Preparation Stubble Management
Hopetoun, VIC
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Conserving moisture during summer

Claire Browne (BCG), James Hunt (CSIRO) and Michael Walsh (BCG and The University of Melbourne)

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To quantify how paddock stubble load and weed burden during summer can affect soil water, nutrients and subsequent crop yield.

Crop type: Barley 2 trials Stubble
Kerang, VIC
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Conserving moisture during summer

Claire Browne (BCG), James Hunt (CSIRO) and Michael Walsh (BCG and The University of Melbourne)

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To quantify how paddock stubble load and weed burden during summer can affect soil water, nutrients and subsequent crop yield.

Crop type: Barley 2 trials Stubble
Longerenong, VIC
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Conserving moisture during summer

Claire Browne (BCG), James Hunt (CSIRO) and Michael Walsh (BCG and The University of Melbourne)

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To quantify how paddock stubble load and weed burden during summer can affect soil water, nutrients and subsequent crop yield.

Crop type: Barley 2 trials Stubble
Charlton, VIC
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Conserving moisture during summer

Claire Browne (BCG), James Hunt (CSIRO) and Michael Walsh (BCG and The University of Melbourne)

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To quantify how paddock stubble load and weed burden during summer can affect soil water, nutrients and subsequent crop yield.

Crop type: Barley 2 trials Stubble
Swan Hill, VIC
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Conserving moisture during summer

Claire Browne (BCG), James Hunt (CSIRO) and Michael Walsh (BCG and The University of Melbourne)

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To quantify how paddock stubble load and weed burden during summer can affect soil water, nutrients and subsequent crop yield.

Crop type: Barley 2 trials Stubble
Hopetoun, VIC
Source Data Unavailable
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Conserving moisture during summer

Claire Browne (BCG), James Hunt (CSIRO) and Michael Walsh (BCG and The University of Melbourne)

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To quantify how paddock stubble load and weed burden during summer can affect soil water, nutrients and subsequent crop yield.

Crop type: Barley 2 trials Stubble
Walpeup, VIC
Source Data Unavailable
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To determine if various farm management techniques improve the storage of out-of-season rainfall and whether this leads to improvements in crop growth and/or yield.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Stubble Management
Buntine, WA
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To determine if various farm management techniques improve the storage of out-of-season rainfall and whether this leads to improvements in crop growth and/or yield.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Stubble Management
East Wubin, WA
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To determine if various farm management techniques improve the storage of out-of-season rainfall and whether this leads to improvements in crop growth and/or yield.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Rotation Stubble Management
Buntine, WA
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To determine if various farm management techniques improve the storage of out-of-season rainfall and whether this leads to improvements in yield.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Stubble Management
East Wubin, WA
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The GRDC project ‘Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble - upper Eyre Peninsula’ aims to produce sustainable management guidelines to control pests, weeds and diseases while retaining stubble to maintain or improve soil health, and reduce exposure to wind erosion. The major outcome to be achieved is increased knowledge … read more

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Method
Lock, SA
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The GRDC project ‘Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble - upper Eyre Peninsula’ aims to produce sustainable management guidelines to control pests, weeds and diseases while retaining stubble to maintain or improve soil health, and reduce exposure to wind erosion. The major outcome to be achieved is increased knowledge … read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Timing Sowing Method
Lock, SA
Source Data Unavailable
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The GRDC project ‘Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble - upper Eyre Peninsula’ aims to produce sustainable management guidelines to control pests, weeds and diseases while retaining stubble to maintain or improve soil health, and reduce exposure to wind erosion. The major outcome to be achieved is increased knowledge … read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Timing Sowing Method
Murlong, SA
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To evaulate the nitrogen fixing capacity of various legume species grown on Kangaroo Island.

MacGillivray, SA
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To monitor moisture retention and nitrogen accumulation under cultivated and chemical fallow regimes.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil Preparation
Birchip, VIC
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