Copper deficiency in cereals: where is it and what does it look like?


Research organisaton

Trial details

Researcher(s) E Braunack-Mayer
Year(s) 2000
Contributor South Australian Research and Development Institute
Trial location(s) Site 2, Lameroo, SA
Copper deficiency in cereals: where is it and what does it look like? locations

To provide a description of observations on copper deficiency in the South Australian mallee.

Key messages
  • Copper concentrations in tissue on sandy soils declined with the age of the plant, with indications of copper deficiency for older plants.
  • Patches of crop with partially empty heads were observed while the rest of the head was still green.
  • Suggested that EDTA extractable copper might give indication of likely copper deficiency in sandy soils.
  • Deficiency can be overcome by applying copper fertilisers to soil (long term solution) or a foliar copper spray (short term solution).
Lead research organisation N/A
Host research organisation N/A
Related program More Profit from Crop Nutrition
Acknowledgments N/A
Other trial partners Not specified


Crop type Wheat
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop
Trial type Article/commentary
Trial design Not applicable

Lameroo 2000

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

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Trial last modified: 10-06-2019 11:11am AEST