Testing new products/13WMG16

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Trial details

Researcher(s) Bill Bowden (West Midlands Group)
David Gartner (West Midlands Group)
Year(s) 2013
Contributor West Midlands Group
Trial location(s) Badgingarra, WA
Testing new products/13WMG16 locations

To independently compare a range of agricultural foliar products on wheat at Badgingarra in a replicated trial.

Key messages

In this trial we observed no response to the non-nitrogen test products, either on the low or high fertilizer at seeding treatments.  However we cannot say that they will not work under other site, season and management conditions.  Unfortunately the promoters can rightly say that we did not give their product the best opportunity to perform and so it was an invalid test.

Such a reply has implications for the promoters rather than the testers. The promoters have an obligation to state under what conditions they expect their product to work and those conditions  have to be readily recognized by potential local users. It is not good enough to list a range of processes which the product “improves” or even to quote circumstances from elsewhere where the product has worked. Any new product (and agronomic practice for that matter) has to be  extensively tested under local conditions so that the promoters can say what the chances of success are if used by local growers.

We, the testers are able to state that the product did not work under our conditions and in the Popper sense of “falsification” have disproved any statement about how generally useful the product might be. That is, 100% of our observations say it does not work, but that is hardly useful. We could have had a drought year and nothing would have worked. We could have been wiped out by      frost or we may have chosen a site with the wrong levels of fertility. We did not test across a full range of conditions and so have too limited information for invalidating the all claims made for the products. This problem is equally true for validation by the product developers.

Products MUST be tested across a wide range of local conditions before it can be promoted with confidence to the broader agricultural community.

In short, any new product (or agronomic practice) requires a major investment in validation trials which are ranged across the full set of management, site and season conditions experienced in the new environment. Otherwise, general promotion of those products should not be believed until such work has been done.

Lead research organisation West Midlands Group
Host research organisation West Midlands Group
Trial funding source DAFWA
Trial funding source Summit
Related program N/A

Thanks to Andrew Kenny the pre-seeding spray, to Graham and Don White for providing the site and management, to Summit Fertilizers for the seeding ‘plus fertilizer’ treatment, to Deb Jackson for assistance, the participating players for their products.  DAFWA did the harvesting and both CSBP and Summit funded the grain analyses.  Last but not least to Joel Andrew who helped with his mechanical skills at both sub-treatment application days.

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Wheat
Treatment type(s)
  • Inoculant: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Badgingarra 2013

Sow rate or Target density 80kg/ha
Sowing machinery

2 by 55 metre runs with a 12 metre bar seeder were used to sow the main plots with plus and minus fertilizer. Sub plots were applied via a quad bike spray unit, or were hand top- dressed.

Sow date 23 May 2013
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size 24m x 4m
Plot replication 3

The two main treatments were sown without and with Summit Spud at 130 kg/ha. The plus fertiliser treatments were drilled with the seed and provided the following nutrients: 10.4 kg N/ha, 16.6 kg P/ha, 14.6 kg K/ha, 10.3 kg S/ha, 2.9 kg Ca/ha, 1.2kg Mg/ha , 180 gm Cu/ha, 170 gm Zn/ha, 200 gm Mn/ha and 10 gm Mo/ha.

The plus nutrient plots were given subsequent additional 100 litres/ha of UAN (42 kg N/ha) on June 17 (3.5 leaf stage)

On June 17 (3.5 leaf stage), cross treatments (13) were applied.  Those treatments with repeat applications received them again on 24th July (6.5 leaf stage)

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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Badgingarra, WA Grey soil
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Badgingarra, WA Chromosol
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
2013 180.2mm
2012 171.2mm
2011 167.7mm
2010 147.5mm
2009 176.1mm
2008 192.9mm
2007 135.2mm
2006 142.1mm
2005 169.7mm
2004 128.0mm
2003 144.9mm
2002 140.2mm
2001 128.6mm
2000 161.9mm
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



Badgingarra WA 2013

Observed climate information

Rainfall trial gsr (mm) 440mm

Derived climate information

Badgingarra WA


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: 23-07-2019 10:43am AEST