Opportunistic summer cropping for increased water use under wheat-based dryland winter cropping systems

2009

Research organisatons
Funding sources
<abbr title='National Water Commission'>NWC</abbr> <abbr title='The University of Melbourne'>UoM</abbr> Dookie Farms Trust

Trial details

Researcher(s) Charlotte Aves (UoM) and David Cook (Riverine Plains)
Year(s) 2009
Contributor Riverine Plains
Trial location(s) Pine Lodge, VIC
Opportunistic summer cropping for increased water use under wheat-based dryland winter cropping systems locations
Aims

To investigate how different summer crops influence soil moisture throughout their growing seasons and in the subsequent wheat crop

Key messages

Opportunistic summer cropping can make use of summer rainfall that may otherwise be lost to evaporation.

Lead research organisation University of Melbourne
Host research organisation Riverine Plains
Trial funding source NWC
Trial funding source UoM
Trial funding source Dookie Farms Trust
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments

Mr D Cook


Other trial partners Not specified
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Method

Crop types Millet
Safflower
Mung beans
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop: Rotation
  • Fertiliser: Rate
  • Sowing: Rate
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Pine Lodge 2009 Millet

Sow date 4 September 2009 As per trial report
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication 3
Soil amelioration

ph (H20) 4.9-6.8 (0-20cm)

Pine Lodge 2009 Safflower

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

Pine Lodge 2009 Mung beans

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
Soil amelioration Not specified
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Trial results Table 1

# Treatment 1
Dry matter biomass (t DM/ha) Emergence plants (plants/m2) Grain yield (t/ha)
1 Millet 6.16 8.8 2.35
2 Lablab 2.76 20.2
3 Safflower 16.2 0.51
4 Mung beans 5 0.51
5 Sunflower 3.1

Grain yield t/ha


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Dry matter biomass t DM/ha


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Emergence plants plants/m2


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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Pine Lodge, VIC Sandy clay loam
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Pine Lodge, VIC 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 Pine Lodge VIC
2009 293.4mm
2008 302.2mm
2007 267.2mm
2006 292.2mm
2005 289.5mm
2004 224.9mm
2003 240.5mm
2002 240.7mm
2001 331.5mm
2000 385.5mm
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

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Climate

Pine Lodge VIC 2009


Observed climate information

Rainfall trial gsr (mm) 326mm

Derived climate information

Pine Lodge VIC

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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

2009 trial report



Trial last modified: 03-09-2019 13:54pm AEST