Ehsan Tavakkoli (ex UoA), Suzanne Holbery (ex SARDI), Ian Richter (SARDI), Roy Latta (ex SARDI), Pichu Rengasamy and Glenn McDonald (UoA)
|Contributor||SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre|
Site 1, Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
To examine the effect of gypsum on soil pH and soil C and whether changes in soil pH could alter productivity of the following cereal crops.
Applying gypsum can reduce soil pH and lower the concentration of dissolved organic carbon (C) to 30 cm depth within a year. Soils with pH > 9 will benefit most from gypsum. The solubilisation of soil organic C increased markedly at pH above 8.5. The availability of aluminium (Al) in soil increases at pH above 9. There was no significant effect of gypsum on the biomass or yields of crops within 2 years.
|Lead research organisation||
University of Adelaide
|Host research organisation||
SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre
|Trial funding source||DAWR 1203.014|
National Soil Carbon Program
The work was funded by the Australian Department of Agriculture through the Filling the Research Gap under National Soil Carbon Program
|Other trial partners||Not specified|
|Sow date||Not specified|
|Harvest date||Not specified|
|Plot size||10m x 3m|
||pH 10-20cm (pH)||Grain yield (t/ha)||pH 0-10cm (pH)||pH 20-30cm (pH)||Protein (%)|
|1||█ Wheat:Mace||█ Gypsum rate 0 t/ha||9.02||3.4||8.98||9.1||9.6|
|1||█ Wheat:Mace||█ Gypsum rate 2.5 t/ha||8.89||3.13||8.79||8.94||9.5|
|2||█ Wheat:Mace||█ Gypsum rate 5 t/ha||8.8||3.04||8.59||8.9||9.4|
|Rainfall trial gsr (mm)||290mm|
SILO weather estimates sourced from https://www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au/silo/
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