Chicken manure

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Trial details

Researcher(s) Nicole Dimos (SPAA)
Neil McMillan (Precision Agriculture)
James Mwendwa (CWFS)
Tim Neal (Precision Agriculture)
Year(s) 2011
Contributor Society of Precision Agriculture Australia
Trial location(s) Rankin Springs, NSW
Chicken manure locations

To economically, increase cereal crop yields on poor performing sand rises incorporating chicken manure at sowing in the in cropping paddocks.

Key messages

The trial went well in 2011 because the manure coverage was good. Michael was disappointed with the results from the deep rip treatments with or without lime, because there was no significant yield difference compared to the control and hence no economic gain. However applying chicken manure at 2t/ha resulted in an increase in yield (especially from the most acidic sand rises) with a considerable economic gain/return. Therefore, as a result of these trials Michael is going to implement a strategic manure application programme with the objective of increasing his paddocks yield and profitability while reducing the impact of the sand rises. Fellow growers in the area have embraced the trial outcomes and most of them are keen to adopt a similar strategy in their cropping system since chicken manure is widely available in the area.

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

This project was funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)

Other trial partners Michael Pfitzner (Property owner)
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Crop type Barley
Treatment type(s)
  • Fertiliser: Type
  • Soil: Type
Trial type Precision agriculture
Trial design Not applicable

Rankin Springs 2011

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

2t/ha chicken manure, dynamic lifter 200kg/ha .

Soil amelioration

Lime and deep ripping.

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Trial results Table 1

# Treatment 1
Grain yield (t/ha)
1 No Manure (good biomass) 2.6
2 No Manure (average biomass) 1.7
3 No Manure (poor biomass) 0.9
4 2011 Manure (good biomass) 3.2
5 2011 Manure (average biomass) 2.1
6 2011 Manure (poor biomass) 1.3
7 2009 & 2011 Manure (good biomass) 2.7
8 2009 & 2011 Manure (average biomass) 2.2
9 2009 & 2011 Manure (poor biomass) 1.7

Grain yield t/ha

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Rankin Springs, NSW Sand
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Rankin Springs, 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 Rankin Springs NSW
2011 616.3mm
2010 641.8mm
2009 577.4mm
2008 557.0mm
2007 496.3mm
2006 555.7mm
2005 598.3mm
2004 556.5mm
2003 545.7mm
2002 510.2mm
2001 550.0mm
2000 492.4mm
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.

Rankin Springs NSW


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: 20-09-2019 17:33pm AEST