Comparing mouldboard ploughing with other techniques to manage non wetting grey sandy soils west of Corrigin


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Trial details

Researcher(s) Simon Wallwork (Corrigin Farm Improvement Group)
Year(s) 2012
Contributor Corrigin Farm Improvement Group
Trial location(s) Site 3, Corrigin, WA
Comparing mouldboard ploughing with other techniques to manage non wetting grey sandy soils west of Corrigin locations

The trial was designed to investigate a range of techniques that may improve crop establishment and performance on non wetting sandy soils. The techniques tested included mouldboard ploughing, winged knife points, and H2O Lure. The trial also compared the second year affect of mouldboard ploughing to first year response..

Key messages

Mouldboarding was the driver of crop yield in the trial with 2012 mouldboard treatments producing, on average, 85% higher yielding than no mouldboard. The 2011 mouldboard treatments were on average 44% higher yielding than no mouldboard.

Lead research organisation N/A
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC SDI00006
Related program Regional Cropping Solutions Network

Corrigin Farm Improvement Group would like to acknowledge the effort and input of the following people in the implementation of this trial; Neville Turner and Kent Stone

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

Corrigin 2012

Sow date 15 June 2012
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

70kg/ha compound fertiliser and Urea 70kg/ha IBS. H2O Lure soil wetter was applied to applicable treatments prior to sowing.


2L/ha Trifluralin prior to sowing.

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Trial results Table 1

# Variety
Treatment 1
Treatment 2
Protein (%) Grain yield (t/ha) Volumetric soil moisture @ 10cm (%) Volumetric soil moisture @ 30cm (%) Establishment plants (plants/m2) Screenings (%) NDVI (.) Volumetric soil moisture @ 20cm (%)
1 Bullock 2012 Mouldboard Winged points 10.4 2.43 8.95 13.03 121 11 0.4895 13.68
2 Bullock 2012 Mouldboard Untreated 10.7 2.31 8.05 13.53 143 14 0.453 13.23
3 Bullock No Mouldboard Untreated 10.8 1.17 4.67 14.03 122 21 0.5403 8.08
4 Bullock No Mouldboard Winged points 10.9 1.29 4.55 13.38 165 20 0.606 8.2
5 Bullock No Mouldboard H2O Lure 10.7 1.28 6.33 12.93 107 25 0.583 11.03
6 Bullock 2011 Mouldboard H2O Lure 12.6 1.72 6.75 10.3 88 38 0.3065 8.68
7 Bullock 2011 Mouldboard Winged points 12.4 1.68 6.6 9.58 112 39 0.3765 7.85
8 Bullock 2011 Mouldboard Early sowing 12.3 1.94 8.75 9.5 133 38 0.412 9.95
9 Bullock 2011 Mouldboard Untreated 12.2 1.86 5.75 8.6 79 39 0.364 6.95

Grain yield t/ha


Establishment plants plants/m2




Protein %


Screenings %


Volumetric soil moisture @ 10cm %


Volumetric soil moisture @ 20cm %


Volumetric soil moisture @ 30cm %

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Site 3, Corrigin, WA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Site 3, Corrigin, WA Sodosol
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 3, Corrigin WA
2012 279.3mm
2011 247.8mm
2010 251.2mm
2009 284.0mm
2008 274.6mm
2007 276.1mm
2006 340.3mm
2005 302.3mm
2004 285.3mm
2003 300.1mm
2002 250.7mm
2001 269.5mm
2000 358.5mm
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.

Site 3, Corrigin WA

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: 21-05-2019 14:10pm AEST