Phosphate efficacy in no-till wheat amended with biocarbon 2013

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Trial details

Researcher(s) Andrew Bird
Greg Butler
Leighton Wilksch
Year(s) 2013
Contributor South Australian No-till Farmers Association
Trial location(s) Paskeville, SA
Phosphate efficacy in no-till wheat amended with biocarbon 2013 locations

To investigate targeted biochar use to reduce input costs.

Key messages
  • Banding low rates of biochar can reduce cropping input costs and improve profi tability.  
  • Biochar can improve the effi cacy of fertiliser but should not be regarded as a fertiliser in its own right.
  • More is not better. A rate of around 35kg/ha of biochar plus a modest rate of DAP produced the best economic outcome for all rates of DAP used in the trial (0, 50 and 100kg/ha). 
Lead research organisation N/A
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source NRNY
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments N/A
Other trial partners SANTFA, AgByte
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Crop type Cereal (Grain): Wheat
Treatment type(s)
  • Fertiliser: Application Method
  • Fertiliser: Form
  • Fertiliser: Rate
  • Fertiliser: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Paskeville 2013

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
Psuedoreplication Not specified
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Trial results Table 1

# Treatment 1
Treatment 2
Treatment 3
Treatment 4
Treatment 5
Treatment 6
Treatment 7
Treatment 8
Grain yield (kg/ha)
1 Nil 2.52
2 50 kg/ha DAP banded 2.61
3 50 kg/ha DAP banded + 35 kg/ha biochar banded 2.9
4 50 kg/ha DAP banded + 100 kg/ha biochar banded 2.88
5 100 kg/ha DAP banded 2.94
6 100 kg/ha DAP banded + 35 kg/ha biochar banded 3.13
7 100 kg/ha DAP banded + 100 kg/ha biochar banded 3.12
8 35 kg/ha Biochar banded 2.65
9 100 kg/ha biochar banded 2.56

Grain yield kg/ha

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Paskeville, SA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Paskeville, SA Calcarosol
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 Paskeville SA
2013 505.4mm
2012 509.9mm
2011 526.9mm
2010 506.8mm
2009 450.5mm
2008 444.2mm
2007 489.4mm
2006 510.1mm
2005 500.8mm
2004 455.0mm
2003 498.0mm
2002 476.5mm
2001 514.3mm
2000 506.4mm
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.

Paskeville 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.

Trial report and links

2013 trial report

Trial last modified: 22-05-2019 13:19pm AEST