Conserving soil moisture, does stubble or a fallow help on Buntine sandplain?

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Trial details

Researcher(s) Nadine Hollamby (Liebe Group)
Year(s) 2011
Contributor Liebe Group
Trial location(s) Site 6, Buntine, WA
Conserving soil moisture, does stubble or a fallow help on Buntine sandplain? locations

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.

Key messages
Not specified
Lead research organisation Liebe Group
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC LIE00006
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments GRDC for funding the work through LLE00006, ‘Improved stubble & soil management for sustainable farming systems in the Liebe area’.
Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Wheat
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop: Rotation
  • Stubble: Management
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Buntine 2011

Sow date 30 May 2011
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size 19m x 4m
Plot replication 3

70 Kg/ha Agstar Extra + 50 Kg/ha Urea topdressed


30/5/11: 1.5 L/ha Sprayseed, 2.5 L/ha Boxergold pre sowing, 4/7/11: 1 L/ha Jaguar, 26/7/11: 0.5 L/ha Precept


19/8/11: 50 mL/ha Emporer

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Trial results Table 1

# Treatment 1
Protein (%) Grain yield (t/ha)
1 Burnt 9.9 3.4
2 Fallow 10.2 3.9
3 Flat 9.8 3.3
4 Standing 9.8 3.1

Grain yield t/ha


Protein %

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Site Depth Type pH EC P K N A OC CAT
Site 6, Buntine, WA 0 - 10cm Sandy loam 5.50 0.04
Site 6, Buntine, WA 10 - 30cm Sandy loam 4.60
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Site 6, Buntine, WA Sandy loam
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Site 6, Buntine, WA Kandosol
Soil Moisture Source: BOM/ANU
Average amount of water stored in the soil profile during the year, estimated by the OzWALD model-data fusion system.
Year Site 6, Buntine WA
2011 156.8mm
2010 119.4mm
2009 144.3mm
2008 187.8mm
2007 156.0mm
2006 163.2mm
2005 150.1mm
2004 141.2mm
2003 146.6mm
2002 102.7mm
2001 97.9mm
2000 171.9mm
National soil grid Source: CSIRO/TERN
NOTE: National Soil Grid data is aggregated information for background information on the wider area
Actual soil values can vary significantly in a small area and the trial soil tests are the most relevant data where available

Soil properties



Site 6, Buntine WA 2011

Observed climate information

Rainfall trial gsr (mm) 295mm

Derived climate information

Site 6, Buntine WA


Some data on this site is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology

SILO weather estimates sourced from
Jeffrey, S.J., Carter, J.O., Moodie, K.B. and Beswick, A.R. (2001). Using spatial interpolation to construct a comprehensive archive of Australian climate data , Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol 16/4, pp 309-330. DOI: 10.1016/S1364-8152(01)00008-1.