Adding value through pasture and fodder break crops – is the current break crop broken?

2014

Research organisaton

Trial details

Researcher(s) Annieka Paridaen (SFS)
Year(s) 2014
Contributor Southern Farming Systems
Trial location(s) Site 7, Inverleigh, VIC
Site 6, Lake Bolac, VIC
Adding value through pasture and fodder break crops – is the current break crop broken? locations
Aims

To investigate options for pasture and fodder break crops for southern Victoria with an emphasis on weed control.

Key messages

(i) Rotations are complex and depend on preference, the problem and opportunities- there is no ‘right way’. (ii) The break species can be selected for multiple benefits including grazing value, fodder conservation, nitrogen fixation and improving soil conditions. (iii) If weeds are the problem, focus on targeting the weeds that come late in the season, these are the ones  getting through in a continuous crop rotation. (iv) Weeds can be reduced by up to 90% in two years by stopping weed seed set through fodder removal, while providing ample fodder.

Lead research organisation N/A
Host research organisation N/A
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments N/A
Other trial partners Not specified
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Method

Crop types Oats
Clover
Lucerne
Serradella
Canola
Field peas
Faba beans
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop: Type
  • Grazing: Regime
Trial type
Trial design

Inverleigh 2014 Oats

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Inverleigh 2014 Clover

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Inverleigh 2014 Lucerne

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Inverleigh 2014 Serradella

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Inverleigh 2014 Canola

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Inverleigh 2014 Field peas

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Inverleigh 2014 Faba beans

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Lake Bolac 2014 Faba beans

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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
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Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Site 7, Inverleigh, VIC Not specified
Site 6, Lake Bolac, VIC Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source
Trial site Soil order
Site 7, Inverleigh, VIC Sodosol
Site 6, Lake Bolac, VIC 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

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Climate

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 7, Inverleigh VIC

Site 6, Lake Bolac VIC

Site 7, Inverleigh VIC

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Site 6, Lake Bolac 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.




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