Efficient grain production compared with N2O emission


Research organisatons
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Michael Wurst, (Rural Solutions) and DeAnne Ferrier (BCG)
Year(s) 2014
Contributor Upper North Farming Systems
Trial location(s) Site 2, Booleroo Centre, SA
Efficient grain production compared with N2O emission locations

To present a comparison of efficient grain production and nitrous oxide emissions. 

Key messages
  • Nitrous oxide (N2O) losses appear to be minimal from dry-land low to medium rainfall farming systems; with the highest peak emissions of only 4.0 g N2O-N/ha/day measured following rainfall.  
  • N2O emissions from legume stubble over summer and following synthetic nitrogen fertiliser application in-crop were all low.  
  • An increase in soil water was the major driver of N2O emissions.
Lead research organisation Rural Solutions SA
Host research organisation Upper North Farming Systems
Trial funding source DAWR
Related program Action on the Ground

Birchip Cropping Group

Other trial partners Birchip Cropping Group
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Crop type Fallow
Treatment type(s)
  • Fertiliser: Type
  • Fertiliser: Rate
Trial type Article/commentary
Trial design Not applicable

Booleroo Centre 2014

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
Site 2, Booleroo Centre, SA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source
Trial site Soil order
Site 2, Booleroo Centre, SA 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



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 2, Booleroo Centre SA

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 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

2014 trial report

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Trial last modified: 27-06-2019 11:37am AEST