Break crops for the Mallee

2011

Research organisaton
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Claire Browne (BCG)
James Hunt (BCG)
Therese McBeath (CSIRO)
Year(s) 2011
Contributor Birchip Cropping Group
Trial location(s) Hopetoun, VIC
Break crops for the Mallee locations
Aims

To identify low risk, profitable break crops and end-uses for the Mallee region and quantify their benefits to subsequent wheat crops.

Key messages

Wheat consistently yields more following a broadleaf break-crop than following wheat or a long-fallow. Wheat yields more when grown after legumes (peas and vetch) than after brassicas (mustard, canola). Wheat yields are consistently higher following vetch than all other break crops. Canola, pea hay or vetch hay followed by two wheat crops were more profitable than continuous wheat or fallow followed by two wheat crops.

Lead research organisation N/A
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC BWD00012,CPS00111
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments

This project was funded by GRDC projects BWD00012 Yielding benefits through partnerships and CPS00111 Identifying farm-scale opportunities to improve WUE: A nationally coordinated systems approach.


Other trial partners Not specified
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Method

Crop types Wheat
Pea
Fallow
Vetch
Canola
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop: Rotation
Trial type
Trial design

Hopetoun 2011 Wheat

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Hopetoun 2011 Pea

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Hopetoun 2011 Fallow

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Hopetoun 2011 Vetch

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

Hopetoun 2011 Canola

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size 2.8m x 28m
Plot replication 4
Fertiliser

55kg/ha MAP

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Trial results Table 1

@T1: Pre Sowing
# Treatment 1
Protein (%) Grain yield (t/ha) Mineral N (kg/ha)
1 Peas 12 3 80
1 Juncea Canola 11.6 3 88
2 Wheat 11.6 3.4 79
2 Vetch 11.5 2.5 89
3 Fallow 11.6 2.5 68
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Mineral N kg/ha


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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Hopetoun, VIC Sand
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

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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.

Hopetoun 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 last modified: 06-08-2019 07:54am AEST