Farming Systems Trial


Research organisaton

Trial details

Researcher(s) Ben Jones and Alysa Attema (BCG)
Year(s) 2006
Contributor Birchip Cropping Group
Trial location(s) Site 3, Birchip, VIC
Farming Systems Trial locations

To report on the Farming Systems trial 2006.

Key messages
  • Crop yields in 2006 were driven by fallow (no difference between mechanical/conventional).
  • Early sowing set an upper limit to yield but did not compensate for not being sown on fallow.
  • Crop emergence was very sensitive to sowing conditions, with later sowing and sowing into 2005 cereal crop stubbles leading to much later crop emergence.
  • The difference in soil available water driving the fallow response was difficult to measure with soil sampling on these soils; soil available nitrogen was a better predictor of yield in 2006.
  • There were no yield penalties to adopting no-till in the Hungry Sheep and Fuel Burner systems.
  • Cultivation in No Till and Reduced Till paddocks produced inconsistent effects on yield.
Lead research organisation N/A
Host research organisation N/A
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments N/A
Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Multiple
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop
  • Grazing
Trial type Demonstration
Trial design Unknown

Birchip 2006

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
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Trial source data and summary not available
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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Site 3, Birchip, VIC Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source
Trial site Soil order
Site 3, Birchip, VIC Vertosol
National soil grid Source
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



Derived climate information

No observed climate data available for this trial.
Derived climate data is determined from trial site location and national weather sources.

Site 3, Birchip VIC

CAUTION: Trial site locality unknown; Climate data sourced from Birchip Cropping Group office location

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.

Trial report and links

2006 trial report

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