Composted poultry litter and biochar blend as alternative fertiliser

2013
CC BY 4.0

Research organisaton
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Andrew Bird
Greg Butler
Leighton Wilksch
Year(s) 2013
Contributor South Australian No-till Farmers Association
Trial location(s) Site 2, Hart, SA
Palmer, SA
Paskeville, SA
Composted poultry litter and biochar blend as alternative fertiliser locations
Aims

To test the ability of composted poultry litter blended with biochar (80%:20%) to act as an alternative fertiliser.

Key messages

No significant result and more testing required.

Lead research organisation N/A
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source NLP
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments
  • Landcare Community Grants, Department of Agriculture
  • SANTFA board, staff and members
  • Greg Gaze, Southern Cross Farms
  • Grant Pontifex, Pontifex Farming
  • Robert Sherra, Southern Poultry
  • Clean Carbon Pty Ltd, for biochar supply 

Other trial partners SANTFA, AgByte
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Method

Crop type Wheat
Treatment type(s)
  • Fertiliser: Type
  • Soil amelioration: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Unknown

Hart 2013

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

Palmer 2013

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

Paskeville 2013

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

# Treatment 1
Treatment 2
Treatment 3
Treatment 4
Treatment 5
Grain yield (t/ha)
1 Nil 3.78
2 150 kg/ha BCC (Poultry litter 80% / biochar 20%) 3.89
3 50 kg/ha DAP + 150 kg/ha BCC (Poultry litter 80% / biochar 20%) 3.92
4 50 kg/ha DAP 3.92
5 100 kg/ha DAP + 150 kg/ha BCC (Poultry litter 80% / biochar 20%) 4.4
6 100 kg/ha DAP 4.43

Grain yield t/ha


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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Site 2, Hart, SA Not specified
Palmer, SA Not specified
Paskeville, SA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Site 2, Hart, SA Chromosol
Palmer, SA Chromosol
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 Site 2, Hart SA Palmer SA Paskeville SA
2013 622.8mm124.5mm505.4mm
2012 654.6mm134.9mm509.9mm
2011 683.8mm151.1mm526.9mm
2010 686.7mm146.8mm506.8mm
2009 669.9mm138.0mm450.5mm
2008 633.9mm120.7mm444.2mm
2007 649.9mm125.7mm489.4mm
2006 651.2mm113.8mm510.1mm
2005 675.4mm167.6mm500.8mm
2004 633.0mm136.1mm455.0mm
2003 652.2mm146.5mm498.0mm
2002 649.4mm121.4mm476.5mm
2001 674.5mm130.5mm514.3mm
2000 625.6mm142.8mm506.4mm
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

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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 2, Hart SA

Palmer SA

Paskeville SA

Site 2, Hart SA

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Palmer SA

NOTE: Exact trial site locality unknown - Climate data may not be accurate
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Paskeville SA

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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.



Trial last modified: 06-08-2019 07:54am AEST