Management of grazing crops to reduce the incidence of frost in the Albany Port (Gnowangerup)


Research organisaton
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Dr Raj Malik (DAFWA)
Year(s) 2012
Contributor Department of Agriculture and Food WA
Trial location(s) Site 2, Gnowangerup, WA
Management of grazing crops to reduce the incidence of frost in the Albany Port (Gnowangerup) locations

To value-add to grazing crops as frost mitigation tool by investigating the interaction of time x height of (simulated) grazing on wheat crop recovery and delay in flowering window.

Key messages

Later grazing may have benefits in severely frost prone areas, but in the event that there is no frost, yield will be compromised. Grazing has successfully delayed flowering date and for the early grazing it would appear that there is roughly a 1 day delay in flowering for 2 days grazing.

Lead research organisation N/A
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC SDI00007
Related program Regional Cropping Solutions Network
Acknowledgments N/A
Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Cereal: Wheat
Treatment type(s)
  • Frost: Tendency
  • Grazing: Timing
  • Grazing: Rate
Trial type
Trial design
Sow rate or Target density Not specified
Sowing machinery Not specified
Sow date 24 May 2012
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
Plot blocking Not specified
Plot randomisation Not specified
Paddock history Not specified
Fertiliser Not specified
Herbicide Not specified
Insecticide Not specified
Fungicide Not specified
Pesticide Not specified
Soil amelioration Not specified
Seed treatment Not specified
Inoculant Not specified
Tillage Not specified
Other trial notes Not specified
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Trial results Table 1

@T1: 29/06/2012 @T2: 14/07/2012 @T3: 30/07/2012 @T4: 16/08/2012 @T5: 03/09/2012
# Treatment 1
Treatment 2
Control (%) Control (%) Control (%) Control (%) Control (%)
1 Frost prone Uncut control 100 100 100 100 100
2 Frost prone Ground cut 74 62 63 50 37
3 Frost prone Take off 5cm 89 97 55 77 78
4 Frost prone Leave 5cm 89 96 52 65 54
5 Frost prone Leave 10cm 90 71 74
6 Frost prone Leave 15cm 90 80
7 Non-frost prone Uncut control 100 100 100 100 100
8 Non-frost prone Ground cut 78 94 82 67 49
9 Non-frost prone Take off 5cm 74 97 98 89 70
10 Non-frost prone Leave 5cm 89 93 82 84 53
11 Non-frost prone Leave 10cm 91 47
12 Non-frost prone Leave 15cm 91 51

Control %

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Site 2, Gnowangerup, WA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source
Trial site Soil order
Site 2, Gnowangerup, WA Sodosol
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



Site 2, Gnowangerup WA 2012

Derived climate information
BOM Data source GNOWANGERUP [2219] 0km proximity to trial site 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.