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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All four trials were aiming to evaluate what alternative stubble retention practices can be implemented into the cropping system, without
incurring yield penalty or significant cost to the grower.

Crop type: Barley,Canola 4 trials Stubble Management
Hamilton, VIC Lake Bolac, VIC Mingay, VIC Mt Pollock, 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: Barley,Canola,Wheat 4 trials Crop Rotation Stubble Management
Corowa, NSW Henty, NSW Dookie, VIC Yarrawonga, VIC
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Crop type: Wheat,Canola,Barley 4 trials Fertiliser Rate Stubble Management
Corowa, NSW Henty, NSW Dookie, VIC Yarrawonga, VIC
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Crop type: Wheat,Canola 4 trials Fertiliser Rate Stubble Management
Coreen, NSW Henty, NSW Dookie, VIC Yarrawonga, VIC
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To develop agronomic packages and seeding technology solutions which can allow for increased stubble retention practices, thereby reducing the dependence on burning.

Crop type: Barley,Wheat,Canola 4 trials Stubble Management
Inverleigh, VIC Lake Bolac, VIC Penshurst, VIC Winchelsea, VIC
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To evaluate the performance of different in-crop nitrogen treatments and plant populations at a range or row spacings in first wheat following canola.

Crop type: Wheat 4 trials Fertiliser Method Sowing Row spacing
Yarrawonga, VIC
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Crop type: Wheat 4 trials Fertiliser Method Sowing Row spacing
Yarrawonga, VIC
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Crop type: Wheat 4 trials Fertiliser Rate Fertiliser Timing
Corowa, NSW Dookie, VIC
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To monitor the performance of nitrogen application to wheat under full stubble retention.

Crop type: Wheat 4 trials Fertiliser Rate Fertiliser Timing
Dookie, VIC Yarrawonga, VIC
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To investigate the interaction between early sowing and row spacing and variety in first wheat crops under full stubble retention.

Crop type: Wheat 4 trials Sowing Row spacing Variety Type
Barooga, NSW Yarrawonga, VIC
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To investigate the interaction between early sowing and row spacing in first wheat under full stubble retention.

Crop type: Wheat 4 trials Sowing Row spacing Variety Type
Barooga, NSW Yarrawonga, VIC
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To examine the influence of two nitrogen timings: 40kg N/ha applied at tillering (GS22) or first node (GS31) and four fungicide strategies on levels of yellow leaf spot (YLS).

Crop type: Wheat 4 trials Fertiliser Timing Fungicide Timing
Coreen, NSW
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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,Canola 3 trials Crop Rotation Stubble Management
Coreen, NSW Dookie, VIC Yarrawonga, VIC
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To examine the livestock benefits and impacts on cereal yield and stubble aftermath by grazing.

Crop type: Barley,Oats,Triticale,Wheat 6 trials Crop Type Grazing Timing Grazing Height Variety Type
Ceres, VIC Derrinallum, VIC Learmonth, VIC
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Crop type: Wheat 3 trials Fertiliser Timing Fungicide Type Fungicide Timing
Coreen, NSW
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To examine the interaction between additional nitrogen application above grower practice and the response to plant growth regulator (PGR).

Crop type: Wheat 3 trials Fertiliser Rate
Redlands, NSW Yarrawonga, VIC
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To investigate Stubble Management Systems to Reduce Dependence on Burning in the HRZ Region of Southern Australia.

Crop type: Barley,Canola 2 trials Stubble Management
Inverleigh, VIC Shelford, VIC

Important Caution The results of this trial may have been impacted by unusual or adverse events
Low rainfall
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To evaluate the the value of foliar fungicide sprays for the control of yellow leaf spot in wheat established in the stubble of the previous wheat crop under no till.

Crop type: Wheat 2 trials Fungicide Type Fungicide Timing
Yarrawonga, VIC
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To investigate the interaction between early sowing and row spacing and variety in first wheat crops under full stubble retention.

Crop type: Wheat 2 trials Sowing Timing Sowing Row spacing Variety Type
Yarrawonga, VIC
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To investigate the interaction between plant growth regulator (PGR) and nitrogen application in early-sown first wheat.

Crop type: Wheat 2 trials Fertiliser Timing Growth regulator Application
Yarrawonga, VIC
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To evaluate the effect of plant growth regulator (PGR) appliaction in early-sown first wheat grown under different levels of nitrogen application.

Crop type: Wheat 2 trials Fertiliser Rate
Yarrawonga, VIC
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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 3 trials 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,Canola,Field peas 3 trials Stubble Type
Birchip, VIC
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To investigate if stubble/seeding direction and management (plus or minus stubble) effects lentil growth and yield

Crop type: Lentils,Wheat 2 trials Stubble Management
Hart, SA
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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 2 trials Frost Tendency Stubble Management
Nyabing, WA York, WA
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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
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To evaluate the impact of a light cultivation prior to application of residual herbicides.

Crop type: Fallow 2 trials Herbicide Stubble
Goondiwindi, NSW
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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: Canola,Wheat 2 trials Fertiliser Rate Stubble Height
Ouyen, VIC
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