Managing micronutrient deficiencies in cropping systems. Copper at Temora

2014

Research organisatons
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Nigel Wilhelm, Sjaan Davey
Year(s) 2014
Contributor South Australian Research and Development Institute
Trial location(s) Site 8, Temora, NSW
Managing micronutrient deficiencies in cropping systems. Copper at Temora locations
Aims

To asses the effect on crop yield of multiple rates and application strategies of micronutrient fertilizers in soils deficient in the target micronutrients (copper, zinc, manganese, boron and molybdenum)

Key messages

From this trial: 

  • No crop response to the addition of copper. Soil and plant tests not in the deficient range.

From the whole project: 

  • Current guidelines are still relevant and effective for TE management.
  • Some current interpretations of soil tests are causing issues - the suggested levels to avoid deficiencies are much higher in some lab reports than is our experience from field trials. These are creating false impressions of the extent and severity of Zn and Cu deficiencies.
  • No evidence of a major increase in the incidence or severity of TE deficiencies in the cropping zones.
  • Fluid delivery of TEs at seeding is a valid management strategy but rates of the target TE need to be the same as used with compounded fertilisers.
  • Generally, all sources of foliar TE were equally effective.
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Lead research organisation South Australian Research and Development Institute
Host research organisation FarmLink Research
Trial funding source GRDC DAS00146
Related program More Profit from Crop Nutrition
Acknowledgments

This project was linked closely with a similar project in WA project code DAW00239, managed by Dr Ross Brennan, DPIRD.


Other trial partners Charles Sturt University

Method

Crop type Wheat
Treatment type(s)
  • Fertiliser
  • Fertiliser: Rate
  • Fertiliser: Timing
  • Fertiliser: Application
  • Fertiliser: Method
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Temora 2014

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication 4
Fertiliser

District rates of basal fertilisers

 

Download results

Trial results Table 1

# Treatment 1
Tissue Copper (mg Cu/kg) Grain yield (t/ha) Soil Copper in top 10cm (mg DTPA Cu/kg)
1 Control 3 1.9 0.42
2 Granular fertiliser at seeding (2kg Cu/ha) 3.3 1.9
3 Granular fertiliser at seeding (1kg Cu/ha) 2.5 1.8
4 Fluid banded near seed row (281g Cu/ha) 3.1 1.9
5 Foliar spray sulphate (90g Cu/ha) - 1.8
6 Foliar spray sulphate (100g Cu/ha) - 1.9
7 Foliar spray chelate (90g Cu/ha) - 1.7
8 Foliar spray sulphate x 2 (90 + 90g Cu/ha) 3.7 1.9
9 Luxury management (281g Cu + 90g Cu/ha) 3.4 1.9
10 Fluid banded near seed row (23g Cu/ha) 3 1.8
11 Fluid banded near seed row (48g Cu/ha) 3 1.7
12 Fluid banded near seed row (97g Cu/ha) 2.9 1.7
13 Fluid banded near seed row (143g Cu/ha) 3.2 1.7
14 Fluid banded near seed row (191g Cu/ha) 2.4 1.7

Grain yield t/ha


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Soil Copper in top 10cm mg DTPA Cu/kg


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Tissue Copper mg Cu/kg


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