Polymers

2008

Research organisaton

Trial details

Researcher(s) Simon Craig (BCG) and Andrew Makin (Integrated Packaging)
Year(s) 2008
Contributor Birchip Cropping Group
Trial location(s) Site 1, Curyo, VIC
Polymers locations
Aims

To demonstrate if summer crops and wheat can be grown successfully when sown in winter and covered in biodegradable polymer films.

Key messages
  • Biodegradable polymer films retain soil moisture and increase soil temperature.
  • Polymers allow crops to be grown out of season and expand the planting window.
  • Sorghum and millet successfully germinated under the film failed to germinate in the absence of the film.
Lead research organisation N/A
Host research organisation N/A
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments

BCG would like to acknowledge the CRC for Polymers and Integrated Packaging for their support in this trial. The authors would like to gratefully acknowledge James Jess, Claire Browne, Liam Coffey and Karen Chapman for their assistance during the season.


Other trial partners Not specified
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Method

Crop types Millet
Wheat
Sunflower
Cowpeas
Mung beans
Sorghum
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop: Protection
Trial type
Trial design

Curyo 2008 Millet

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

Curyo 2008 Wheat

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

Curyo 2008 Sunflower

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

Curyo 2008 Cowpeas

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

Curyo 2008 Mung beans

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

Curyo 2008 Sorghum

Sow date 26 June 2008
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size 2.4m x 28m
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 1, Curyo, VIC Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Site 1, Curyo, VIC Calcarosol
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 1, Curyo VIC
2008 647.7mm
2007 680.3mm
2006 682.6mm
2005 715.6mm
2004 679.0mm
2003 696.5mm
2002 654.5mm
2001 675.2mm
2000 649.0mm
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

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Climate

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 1, Curyo VIC

NOTE: Exact trial site locality unknown - Climate data may not be accurate
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Some data on this site is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology

SILO weather estimates sourced from https://www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au/silo/
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

2008 trial report



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