Stubble management and retention

Managing stubbles post-harvest is an ongoing issue that growers deal with every year in their cropping rotation. OFT contains more than 400 trials on stubble retention, management and benefits. There are over 180 published stubble management trials for wheat, 40 for barley and 35 for canola. There is also a set of more than 160 trials spanning five years from the GRDC-initiative, Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble available on OFT. This set of trials includes details on harvest efficiency, stubble breakdown options, cropping sequences to manage stubble loads, sowing configurations and associated costs, and grazing and weed management strategies.

For access to additional, up-to-date information and advice on stubble management and retention, refer to these articles from the most recent GroundCover Supplement Issue:

For further details on latest stubble management strategies and trials, refer to these GRDC Update Papers:

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To investigate the influence of stubble management and rate on the duration, severity and frost damage in frost prone parts of the landscape in the Mallee and Wimmera regions.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Stubble Management
Hopetoun, VIC
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To determine the nutrient loss from stubbles of various crop types following summer rainfall.

Crop type: Wheat 4 trials Stubble Type
Birchip, VIC
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To determine the effect of stubble type (wheat, peas and canola) and load (from Decile 2, 5 and 8
seasons) on subsequent soil and crop nutrition.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Stubble Management
Kalkee, VIC Clay
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To evaluate the impact of a light cultivation prior to application of residual herbicides.

Crop type: None 1 trial Herbicide Stubble
Goondiwindi, NSW
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Crop type: Canola 1 trial Stubble Management
Mt Pollock, VIC
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To investigate how differing summer farming practices influence stored water and how plant available water may influence grain yield potential and grain quality attributes in the low rainfall area in central NSW.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Stubble
Condobolin, NSW Red sandy loam
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To investigate if stubble/seeding direction and management (plus or minus stubble) effects lentil growth and yield

Crop type: Lentils 1 trial Stubble Management
Hart, SA Calcarosol
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Crop type: Barley 1 trial Stubble Management
Hamilton, VIC
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The demonstrate the effects of increasing N fertiliser rates on harvest index and stubble N%.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Stubble Type
Kerang, VIC
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To quantify the impact of stubble on the severity and duration of frost through canopy temperature and grain yield.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Frost Tendency Stubble Management
York, WA
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Stubble rate response for the management of frost severity - Cuballing

Ben Biddulph (DAFWA), Rebecca Jenkinson (Living Farm), Sarah Hyde and Sheree Blechynden (Facey Group)

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Determine if there is an interaction between temperature and various rates of stubble and outline whether increased stubble loads change the severtiy and duration of frost.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Frost Tendency Stubble Management
Wickepin, WA Sandy duplex
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Stubble rate response for the management of frost severity - Tincurrin

Ben Biddulph (DAFWA), Rebecca Jenkinson (Living Farm), Sarah Hyde and Sheree Blechynden (Facey Group)

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Determine if there is an interaction between temperature and various rates of stubble and outline whether increased stubble loads change the severtiy and duration of frost.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Frost Tendency Stubble Management
Wickepin, WA Loamy sand
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To quantify the impact of stubble on the severity and duration of frost through canopy temperature and grain yield.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Frost Tendency Stubble Management
Nyabing, WA
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Crop type: Canola 1 trial Stubble Management
Lake Bolac, VIC
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To investigate the incorporation and breakdown of stubbles by adding nutrients.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Soil Preparation
Kerang, VIC Clay
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To investigate if stubble/seeding direction effects crop competition and cereal grain yield

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Stubble Management
Hart, SA Calcarosol
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To investigate the impact of stubble on frost severity and duration.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Protection Stubble Type
Nyabing, WA
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Crop type: Canola 1 trial Stubble Management
Mingay, VIC
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Stubble management to improve crop yield

Chris Korte, Mick Brady, Chris Davies amd Dave Monks (DEDJTR)

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Over recent seasons adoption of stubble retention has plateaued in the Mallee and some growers are reducing the area of stubble retained until the next growing season. An experiment was undertaken to identify potential improvements in stubble management so this trend could be reversed. The experiment examined how different amounts and types of s… read more

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Stubble Height
Ouyen, VIC
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  • To maximise yield of new field pea varieties through the identification of optimum sowing dates.

Crop type: Field peas 1 trial Stubble Stubble Management
Minnipa, SA
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To determine the effect of stubble management (standing, slashed or burnt) on the crop safety of pre-sowing herbicides, and their efficacy against Group A-resistant annual ryegrass.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Herbicide Application Stubble Management
Jil JIl, VIC
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To measure ryegrass populations under continuous cropping with a range of stubble and tillage practices.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Stubble
Condobolin, NSW
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To investigate the effects of sowing barley and peas into a wheat stubble (standing, slashed and burnt).

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Type Sowing Row spacing Stubble Management
Watchupga East, VIC
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To determine whether maintaining stubble cover in low rainfall environments increases summer moisture conservation, and, to establish the minimum stubble quantity or threshold necessary to ensure maximum moisture conservation over the summer.

Crop type: Oats 1 trial Stubble Management
Jil JIl, VIC Clay loam
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To determine whether maintaining stubble cover in low rainfall environments increases summer moisture conservation, and, to establish the minimum stubble quantity or threshold necessary to ensure maximum moisture conservation over the summer.

Crop type: Oats 1 trial Stubble Management
Jil JIl, VIC Sandy loam
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The project seeks to:

  • investigate, demonstrate and extend cultural practices that will assist growers to adopt no-till stubble retention (NTSR) in medium and higher-rainfall environments;
  • build on findings from the previous Riverine Plains Inc. Water Use Efficiency (WUE) project; and
  • extend the fr… read more
Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Rotation Stubble Management
, VIC Loam over clay
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The project seeks to:

  • investigate, demonstrate and extend cultural practices that will assist growers to adopt no-till stubble retention (NTSR) in medium and higher-rainfall environments;
  • build on findings from the previous Riverine Plains Inc. Water Use Efficiency (WUE) project; and
  • extend the fr… read more
Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Stubble Management
Yarrawonga, VIC
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Crop type: Canola 1 trial Sowing Row spacing Stubble Management
Inverleigh, VIC
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Crop type: Barley 1 trial Stubble Management
Inverleigh, VIC
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The project seeks to:

  • investigate, demonstrate and extend cultural practices that will assist growers to adopt no-till stubble retention (NTSR) in medium and higher-rainfall environments;
  • build on findings from the previous Riverine Plains Inc. Water Use Efficiency (WUE) project; and
  • extend the fr… read more
Crop type: Canola 1 trial Crop Rotation Stubble Management
Henty, NSW none
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The project seeks to:

  • investigate, demonstrate and extend cultural practices that will assist growers to adopt no-till stubble retention (NTSR) in medium and higher-rainfall environments;
  • build on findings from the previous Riverine Plains Inc. Water Use Efficiency (WUE) project; and
  • extend the fr… read more
Crop type: Canola 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Stubble Management
Henty, NSW Red brown earth
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Managing stubble and fertiliser to increase soil carbon

Sarah Noack (Hart Field Site Group), Harm van Rees (Cropfacts Pty Ltd) and Jeff Baldock (CSIRO)

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To add normal, as required to optimise yield potential, and extra amounts of nutrients (N, P and S) to different stubble managements (intact, incorporated and removed) to see if SOM levels could be increased.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Crop Rotation Stubble Stubble Management Stubble Height
Hart, SA
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To present results from the large plot focus farm trials of the Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble in the Riverine Plains region project, which where to

  • investigate, demonstrate and extend cultural practices that will assist growers to adopt no-till stubble retention (NTSR) in medium and highe… read more
Crop type: Canola 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Stubble Management
Henty, NSW
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To present results from the large plot focus farm trials of the Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble in the Riverine Plains region project, which where to

  • investigate, demonstrate and extend cultural practices that will assist growers to adopt no-till stubble retention (NTSR) in medium and highe… read more
Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Stubble Management
Yarrawonga, VIC
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To add normal and higher amounts of nutrients (N, P and S) to different stubble managements (standing, worked and removed) to see if soil humus level would be increased.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Fertiliser Fertiliser Application Stubble Stubble Management
Hart, SA Calcarosol
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To add normal and higher amounts of nutrients (N, P and S) to different stubble managements (standing, worked and removed) to see if soil humus level would be increased.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Fertiliser Application Stubble Stubble Management
Hart, SA Calcarosol
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Crop type: Barley 1 trial Sowing Method Stubble Management
Shelford, VIC
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Enhancing stubble breakdown

Geoff Dean (TIAR), Simon Munford (DPIW), Brett Davey (SFS)

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Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Stubble Management
Nile, TAS
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Crop type: Canola 1 trial Stubble Management
Shelford, VIC
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The project seeks to:

  • investigate, demonstrate and extend cultural practices that will assist growers to adopt no-till stubble retention (NTSR) in medium and higher-rainfall environments;
  • build on findings from the previous Riverine Plains Inc. Water Use Efficiency (WUE) project; and
  • extend the fr… read more
Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Rotation Stubble Management
Dookie, VIC Red loam over medium clay
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Aims:

The project seeks to:

  • investigate, demonstrate and extend cultural practices that will assist growers to adopt no-till stubble retention (NTSR) in medium and higher-rainfall environments;
  • build on findings from the previous Riverine Plains Inc. Water Use Efficiency (WUE) project; and
  • extend the fr… read more
Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Stubble Management
Dookie, VIC
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Aims:

To present results from the large plot focus farm trials of the Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble in the Riverine Plains region project, which where to

  • investigate, demonstrate and extend cultural practices that will assist growers to adopt no-till stubble retention (NTSR) in medium and highe… read more
Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Stubble Management
Dookie, VIC
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Full stubble retention: effect on crop growth and growing conditions

Sarah Noack, Peter Hooper (Hart Field Site Group), Mick Lines, Victor Sadras (SARDI) and Glenn McDonald (University of Adelaide)

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To investigate the effect of full stubble retention compared with other stubble management methods and seeding technologies.

Crop type: Lentils 1 trial Crop Stubble Stubble Management Stubble Height
Hart, SA Calcarosol
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The project seeks to:

  • investigate, demonstrate and extend cultural practices that will assist growers to adopt no-till stubble retention (NTSR) in medium and higher-rainfall environments;
  • build on findings from the previous Riverine Plains Inc. Water Use Efficiency (WUE) project; and
  • extend the fr… read more
Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Rotation Stubble Management
Corowa, NSW Red brown earth
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Aims:

The project seeks to:

  • investigate, demonstrate and extend cultural practices that will assist growers to adopt no-till stubble retention (NTSR) in medium and higher-rainfall environments;
  • build on findings from the previous Riverine Plains Inc. Water Use Efficiency (WUE) project; and
  • extend the fr… read more
Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Stubble Management
Corowa, NSW Red brown earth
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To present results from the large plot focus farm trials of the Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble in the Riverine Plains region project, which where to

  • investigate, demonstrate and extend cultural practices that will assist growers to adopt no-till stubble retention (NTSR) in medium and highe… read more
Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Stubble Management
Coreen, NSW
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Enhancing stubble breakdown with additives

Geoff Dean (SFS/TIAR), Brett Davey (SFS/TIAR), Simon Munford (DPIW)

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Crop type: Triticale 1 trial Stubble Management
Bishopsbourne, TAS
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To test the effect of ploughing in stubble prior to seeding.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil Type Stubble Management
East Maya, WA Various
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To focus on maintaining profitable retained stubble systems rather than investigating agronomic and economic
benefits of stubble retention.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Stubble Stubble Management
, NSW
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The aim of this work was to better understand the impact of stubble management on in-canopy temperatures and the associated risk of frost in cropping environments with high yields and high stubble loads.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Frost Stubble Management Stubble Height
, NSW
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