Barley in pasture cropping system penalised by large 2011 summer pasture production


Research organisaton
Funding sources
<abbr title='Grains Research and Development Corporation'>GRDC</abbr> CRC

Trial details

Researcher(s) Claire Browne (BCG)
Katrien Descheemaeker (CSIRO)
Year(s) 2011
Contributor Birchip Cropping Group
Trial location(s) Hopetoun, VIC
Barley in pasture cropping system penalised by large 2011 summer pasture production locations

To evaluate the potential of combining summer-growing perennial grasses with a cereal in a pasture cropping system in the Mallee.

Key messages
  • Sub-tropical perennial grasses have persisted and produced good quantities of biomass over several years in the Mallee.
  • Due to low early winter rainfall and reliance on stored summer moisture, cropping into a summer-growing pasture base led to high yield penalties in 2011. 
  • Further research and development is needed to fine-tune management of the pasture cropping system before it can be deployed in the Mallee.
Lead research organisation N/A
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC
Trial funding source CRC
Related program EverCrop

This research forms part of the Evercrop project, which is funded through the CRC for Future Farm Industries, Grains Research and Development Corporation and the Department of Primary Industries Victoria. The trial was conducted on the land of Darryl Burdett. The trial was originally established with the support of the Mallee CMA, the National Landcare Program and BCG.

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Barley
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop
  • Crop: Type
  • Crop: Rotation
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Hopetoun 2011

Sow rate or Target density 65 kg/ha seed of Hindmarsh barley
Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication 4

50kg MAP

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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
Hopetoun, VIC Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Hopetoun, VIC Tenosol
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 Hopetoun VIC
2011 609.6mm
2010 527.8mm
2009 462.3mm
2008 454.1mm
2007 455.4mm
2006 441.2mm
2005 483.1mm
2004 436.8mm
2003 429.3mm
2002 387.1mm
2001 445.0mm
2000 453.4mm
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



Derived climate information

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

Hopetoun VIC

NOTE: Exact trial site locality unknown - Climate data may not be accurate

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 last modified: 16-07-2019 13:20pm AEST