Farming systems: the greatest wealth is in soil health


Research organisaton
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Tim McClelland (BCG)
Year(s) 2012
Contributor Birchip Cropping Group
Trial location(s) Jil JIl, VIC
Farming systems: the greatest wealth is in soil health locations

To assess the Farming Systems trial for changes in the soil properties/health that may have occurred between each of the four systems since 2000.

Key messages

The Farming Systems trial has expressed some significant differences in soil health between each of the systems from 2000 to 2012. If these are not managed in the long-term, the sustainability of the affected systems may be reduced. The Fuel Burner System had significantly lower organic carbon in the soil compared with the other farming systems, reflective of the regular cultivation.

Lead research organisation N/A
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source Mallee CMA
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments N/A
Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type No crop specified
Treatment type(s)
  • Grazing
  • Grazing: Regime
  • Soil
  • Soil: Preparation
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Jil JIl 2012

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
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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
Jil JIl, VIC Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Jil JIl, VIC Calcarosol
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 Jil JIl VIC
2012 827.0mm
2011 850.6mm
2010 853.5mm
2009 810.2mm
2008 802.1mm
2007 809.8mm
2006 814.0mm
2005 848.9mm
2004 795.2mm
2003 821.3mm
2002 792.0mm
2001 801.4mm
2000 744.9mm
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.


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 report and links

2012 trial report

Trial last modified: 07-05-2019 20:54pm AEST