Using lime and chicken litter to address low yields on sandy soils

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Trial details

Researcher(s) Nicole Dimos (SPAA)
Year(s) 2010
Contributor Society of Precision Agriculture Australia
Trial location(s) Griffith, NSW
Using lime and chicken litter to address low yields on sandy soils locations

To develop a method using PA tools and VR technology, to resolve low yielding sandy rises in cropping paddocks.

Key messages

The objective of this GRDC / SPAA funded project is to increase the level of adoption of PA 'beyond guidance' by broadacre farmers. The project specifically aims to increase the level of adoption of variable rate (VR) by growers in the project to 30% by 2013.This goal will be achieved by demonstrating how to use PA tools to growers at a regional level and by increasing the skills of growers and industry in PA to a level where they can then use PA tools in their farming systems to achieve economic, environmental and social benefits.

Lead research organisation Society of Precision Agriculture Australia
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC SPA000010
Related program N/A

Neil McMillan CWFS, Leighton Wilksch - SPAA Grower groups manager, Barry Haskins - NSW Industry & Investment, James Austin, Ian Packer - Lachlan CMA, Tim Neale & Andrew Whitlock - The project was funded by the GRDC

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Barley
Treatment type(s)
  • Fertiliser: Type
Trial type Precision agriculture
Trial design Not applicable

Griffith 2010

Sow rate or Target density 27kg/ha
Sow date 16 May 2010 16 May 2010
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

2t/ha lime on the sandy ridges, 2t/ha chicken litter on other sandy ridges

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Trial results Table 1

# Treatment 1
Treatment 2
Grain yield (t/ha)
1 2t/ha Chicken Litter 2t/ha Lime 1.5 - 5.8

Grain yield t/ha

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Griffith, NSW Mallee sand
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Griffith, NSW Kandosol
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 Griffith NSW
2010 659.6mm
2009 630.6mm
2008 634.0mm
2007 588.0mm
2006 605.0mm
2005 634.3mm
2004 615.8mm
2003 592.8mm
2002 590.6mm
2001 627.7mm
2000 585.8mm
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.

Griffith NSW

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: 30-09-2019 15:55pm AEST