Bioprime: impact on wheat production


Research organisatons
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Peter Keating and Falko Mathes (Bioscience)
Year(s) 2016
Contributor West Midlands Group
Trial location(s) Site 2, Moora, WA
Bioprime: impact on wheat production locations

The trial purpose was to compare seed dressing and foliar application of Bioprime using granular and liquid fertilisers. 

Key messages

The West Midlands site had an average yielding year for the Moora area. The Liebe Long Term Research Site had a good growing season in terms of rainfall and seasonal distribution. The average yield was about 50% higher than previous wheat trial years. This was similar to Forrestdale which also had good rainfall and seasonal distribution.

On average, all Bioprime treatments combined resulted in a 4% yield increase. Treatment 2 (foliar Bioprime and granular fertiliser) performed best, achieving a 10% yield increase averaged across the three sites). At the WMG site, five Bioprime treatments resulted in positive yield responses whereas this number was lower at the Liebe site (2 treatments). With data corrected for outliers, all Bioprime treatments resulted in a positive yield response. Given that the Liebe site, relative to the WMG site had a higher soil pH, and higher pre-seeding phosphate and exchangeable cations concentrations (Table 2), an average higher yield was expected and achieved here compared to the WMG (3.36 t/ha and 2.15 t/ha, respectively in unamended control treatments). Thus, the higher soil quality and soil health present at the Liebe site combined with the good 2016 season in terms of rainfall likely narrowed the yield gap.

As such any management options aiming to close the gap between actual and potential yield, would have had less scope to achieve this at the Liebe site in 2016. In contrast, the lower soil fertility at the WMG allowed Bioprime to more consistently improve crop production. The 2016 data suggest the opportunity to improve yield on a poor soil in a poor year is greater than on good soil in a good year.

Ongoing research will continue to further develop Bioprime technology as a tool to improve soil biology and maintain plant health and yield. There is a substantial database of microbiological and yield results which continues to expand with the expectation of understanding the links between root and plant colonization by beneficial bacteria and fungi with Bioprime application and growth improvements.

Lead research organisation Bioscience Pty Ltd
Host research organisation West Midlands Group
Trial funding source Bioscience
Related program N/A

Living Farm who conducted the trials at WMG. 

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Wheat
Treatment type(s)
  • Fertiliser
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Randomised,Replicated,Blocked

Moora 2016

Sow rate or Target density 75kg/ha
Sowing machinery

Living Farm, small plot seeder & harvester 

Sow date 15 June 2016
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size 12m x 14.4m
Plot replication 8

100 kg/ha Gusto Gold, 50 kg/ha Urea, post 50 L/ha UAN. 


pre: 1.5L/ha Glyphosate, 2L/ha Trifluralin, 118g/ha Sakura, 400g/ha Diuron. Post emergent 1L/ha Velocity.


Pre-emergent insecticides 1L/ha Chlorpyrifos, 300 ml/ha Bifenthrin.

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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Site 2, Moora, WA Yellow sandy loam
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source
Trial site Soil order
Site 2, Moora, WA Tenosol
National soil grid Source
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



Site 2, Moora WA 2016

Observed climate information

Rainfall trial gsr (mm) 324mm

Derived climate information

Site 2, Moora WA


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.

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Trial last modified: 23-07-2019 14:27pm AEST