Best bet management of nutrition on ameliorated Non-wetting soils in the Geraldton Port Zone - Marchagee


Research organisatons
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Alana Hartley
Year(s) 2017
Contributor Liebe Group
Trial location(s) , WA
Best bet management of nutrition on ameliorated Non-wetting soils in the Geraldton Port Zone - Marchagee locations

To determine the most effective way to apply nutrients (granular, banded, top dressed or liquid) on non-wetting soils after amelioration, in the Geraldton Port Zone.

Key messages
  • Wheat yields were low, around 1 t/ha, as a result of low growing season rainfall in 2017.
  • Treatments were adjusted to reflect standard grower practice due to drier than normal conditions at the beginning of winter.
  • This site was unresponsive to nutrition treatments in 2017.


Lead research organisation Liebe Group
Host research organisation Grains Research and Development Corporation
Trial funding source GRDC LIE00010-A
Related program N/A

Thank you to the Hunt family for hosting this site at their Marchagee property. The Liebe Group would also like to acknowledge the project team, including Stephen Davies (DPIRD) and James Easton (CSBP) who helped design this trial. Thanks are also extended to the field team at DPIRD Geraldton, for implementation, management and harvesting of this trial.

This project has been funded by the GRDC LIE00010-A Best bet management for ameliorated non-wetting soils of the Geraldton Port Zone.

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Cereal: Wheat
Treatment type(s)
  • Fertiliser: Application
Trial type
Trial design
Sow rate or Target density 70 kg/ha
Sowing machinery Not specified
Sow date 10th May 2017
Plot size 1.54m x 20m
Plot replication 4
Plot blocking Not specified
Plot randomisation Not specified
Paddock history 2014: Wheat 2015: Wheat 2016: Canola 2017: Wheat

See attached trial report


10/05/2017: 1.5 L/ha Treflan, 118 g/ha Sakura

13/07/2017: 800 ml/ha Velocity + 1 % Hasten

Insecticide Not specified
Fungicide Not specified
Pesticide Not specified
Soil amelioration Not specified
Seed treatment Not specified
Inoculant Not specified
Tillage Not specified
Other trial notes

For further information, contact Alana Hartley, Liebe Group
08 9661 0570

Download the trial report to view additional method/treatment information

Trial results Table 1

# Variety
Screenings (%) Hectolitre (g/hL) Protein (%) Grain yield (t/ha)
1 Std N no K 4.5 80.9 13.3 1
2 Std N std K 3.6 81.8 13.3 0.98
3 Liquid K 5.3 80.6 13 0.84
4 Std N High K 4.3 81.9 13.1 0.95
5 Low N High K 4.2 82.2 12.6 0.99
6 Std N High K 4.4 81.7 12.8 0.99
7 Std N High K 4.9 81.8 12.6 1.05
8 Std N no K 4.2 80.8 13.3 0.98
9 Std N Very High K 4.2 82.4 13 0.97
LSD 0.93 0.74 0.33 0.11
CV 14.23 0.62 1.74 7.4

Grain yield t/ha


Hectolitre g/hL


Protein %


Screenings %

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Site Depth Type pH EC P K N A OC CAT
, WA 0 - 10cm 5.30 0.02 0.32
, WA 10 - 20cm 5.60 0.03 0.56
, WA 20 - 30cm 4.60 0.02 0.22
, WA 30 - 40cm 4.50 0.01
, WA 40 - 50cm 4.60 0.01
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
, WA Deep yellow sand
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source
Trial site Soil order
, WA Sodosol
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



WA 2017

Observed climate information
Rainfall avg gsr (mm) 171mm
Derived climate information
BOM Data source YTINICHE [904] 6km proximity to trial site location


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.