Seeding into stubble - a comparison of seeding systems, pre-emergent herbicides and stubble height in barley


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Trial details

Researcher(s) Sarah Noack and Peter Hooper (Hart Field Site Group)
Year(s) 2014
Contributor Hart Field Site Group
Trial location(s) Site 5, Hart, SA
Seeding into stubble - a comparison of seeding systems, pre-emergent herbicides and stubble height in barley locations

To investigate the effect of full stubble retention compared with other stubble management methods and seeding

Key messages

Hindmarsh barley grain yield was unaffected by stubble or seeding systems averaging 3.3 t/ha. Of all pre-emergent herbicides trialled a grain yield reduction was observed for Sakura (average reduction 0.18 t/ha). A split application of Boxer Gold (IBS/POST) was slightly safer compared to the full rate IBS.

Lead research organisation Hart Field Site Group
Host research organisation Hart Field Site Group
Trial funding source SAGIT HO113
Related program N/A

The HFSG thank the South Australians Grains Industry Trust (H0113) for providing funding to support this research. We also thank all the growers who assisted with trial seeding, spraying, harvesting and providing land for this trial.

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Barley
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Randomised,Replicated,Blocked

Hart 2014

Sow rate or Target density Barley seeded @ 80 kg/ha
Sow date 20 May 2014 20 May 2014
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size 10.2m x 12m
Plot replication 3
Paddock history 2013 - Oaten hay

At seeding: Urea/DAP @ 100kg/ha plus Urea @ 100kg/ha on 11 July 

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Trial results Table 1

# Variety
Treatment 1
Treatment 2
Treatment 2 Treatment 2 Treatment 2 Treatment 2 Treatment 2 Treatment 2 Test weight (kg/hL) Establishment plants (plants/m2) Screenings (%) Retention (%) Protein (%) Grain yield (t/ha)
1 Hindmarsh Tyne seeder Stubble baled (1.3t/ha) 65.9783 179 32.7844 14.0365 12.2583 3.4
2 Hindmarsh Tyne seeder Short stubble (15cm, 1.9t/ha) 66.9817 165 23.6357 24.4815 11.3167 3.3
3 Hindmarsh Tyne seeder Medium stubble (30cm, 2.4t/ha) 65.2217 165 30.7806 15.1265 12.1417 3.3
4 Hindmarsh Tyne seeder Stripper stubble (60cm, 3.4t/ha) 64.9 145 30.9447 13.1385 12.6083 3.3
5 Hindmarsh Disc seeder Stubble baled (1.3t/ha) 65.7633 105 32.6166 18.5238 12.7333 3.3
6 Hindmarsh Disc seeder Short stubble (15cm, 1.9t/ha) 65.05 92 35.2194 13.0854 12.325 3.3
7 Hindmarsh Disc seeder Medium stubble (30cm, 2.4t/ha) 66.8683 91 18.5384 37.0135 11.8167 3.2
8 Hindmarsh Disc seeder Stripper stubble (60cm, 3.4t/ha) 65.7033 96 23.3865 27.2109 12.15 3.2

Grain yield t/ha


Establishment plants plants/m2


Protein %


Retention %


Screenings %


Test weight kg/hL

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Site 5, Hart, SA Calcarosol
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source
Trial site Soil order
Site 5, Hart, SA Chromosol
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



Site 5, Hart SA 2014

Observed climate information

Rainfall trial gsr (mm) 280mm

Derived climate information

Site 5, Hart SA


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.