Lime incorporation into acidic sandplain soils in the West Midlands and beyond

2007 - 2014
CC BY 4.0

Research organisatons

Trial details

Researcher(s) Stephen Davies (DAFWA)
David Gartner (AgLime)
Wes Lefroy (Precision SoilTech)
Dennis Martin (DAFWA)
Peter Negus (DAFWA)
Peter Newman (Planfarm)
Anne Wilkins (WMG)
Year(s) 2007 - 2014
Contributor West Midlands Group
Trial location(s) Badgingarra, WA
Dandaragan, WA
Mingenew, WA
Lime incorporation into acidic sandplain soils in the West Midlands and beyond locations
Aims

To improve understanding of the range of tillage implements and techniques available to incorporate lime into acidic soils, their respective costs and benefits.

Key messages

It is critically important to sample soil pH to depth prior to investing large sums in lime application and incorporation. Typically it has been found that on sandplain soils the yield benefit of one-off deep cultivation or deep ripping is large enough to cover the cost of the tillage in the first year so the subsequent productivity benefits associated with more rapidly fixing the soil pH by incorporating lime can be realised sooner. Other factors such as water repellence, herbicide resistant weeds, subsoil compaction, wind erosion risk and soil type will impact on the choice of incorporation implement used.

Lead research organisation Department of Agriculture and Food WA
Host research organisation West Midlands Group
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments
  • Thanks to West Midlands Group, Peter and Daisy Negus, Dennis Martin and Bob and Murray Preston for hosting and managing trials. Thanks to David Paish helping make the ripper openers and Peter Horwood for the design. The support of McIntosh and Son machinery in Moora, Precision SoilTech and AgLime of Australia is greatly appreciated.
  • GRDC Project Numbers: LIE0008 Working together to deliver multiple benefit messages to growers through a whole systems approach to soil management; DAW00204 Developing agronomic strategies for water repellent soils in WA; DAW00236 Soil acidity is limiting grain yield.
  • COGGO Project: Developing and testing innovative, practical and reliable methods for incorporating lime into acidic sandplain subsoils – West Midlands Group
  • NACC Project 1412-05-01: Demonstrating innovative practices for the amelioration of sub surface Acidity to improve soil health &n
Other trial partners Not specified
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Method

Crop types Wheat
Canola
Lupins
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  • Soil amelioration
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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
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Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Badgingarra, WA Not specified
Dandaragan, WA Not specified
Mingenew, WA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Badgingarra, WA Chromosol
Dandaragan, WA Tenosol
Mingenew, WA Tenosol
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 Badgingarra WA Dandaragan WA Mingenew WA
2014 226.8mm107.9mm44.3mm
2013 251.5mm142.7mm72.2mm
2012 236.0mm160.8mm57.0mm
2011 224.8mm114.5mm73.6mm
2010 209.6mm98.2mm50.4mm
2009 228.5mm152.5mm66.8mm
2008 246.8mm162.2mm66.3mm
2007 198.9mm112.0mm56.4mm
2006 196.0mm141.7mm74.9mm
2005 242.6mm158.3mm51.8mm
2004 204.2mm123.5mm44.4mm
2003 230.9mm143.0mm56.8mm
2002 212.7mm102.0mm46.6mm
2001 192.5mm114.4mm34.3mm
2000 206.7mm168.4mm89.3mm
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.

Badgingarra WA

Dandaragan WA

Mingenew WA

Badgingarra WA

NOTE: Exact trial site locality unknown - Climate data may not be accurate
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Dandaragan WA

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Mingenew WA

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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: 30-04-2020 11:38am AEST