Can soil organic carbon be increased in a continuous cropping system in the low to medium rainfall zone?

2012 - 2017

Research organisaton
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Harm van Rees and Anne Jackman (Cropfacts Pty Ltd), Sarah Noack (Hart Field Site Group) and Jeff Baldock (CSIRO)
Year(s) 2012 - 2017
Contributor Hart Field Site Group
Trial location(s) Site 6, Temora, NSW
, SA
Site 5, Hart, SA
Birchip, VIC
Can soil organic carbon be increased in a continuous cropping system in the low to medium rainfall zone? locations
Aims

To determine whether soil organic carbon be increased in a continuous cropping system in the low to medium rainfall zone.

Key messages
  • Eight trial sites were established across South Eastern Australia to investigate whether soil organic carbon levels can be increased in no-till farming systems, inclusive of adding nutrients to aid the biological breakdown of stubble into soil organic matter.
  • After three or five years of treatment, no increase in soil organic carbon could be confirmed across four trial sites. However, it is well known that no-till and stubble retention protects the soil from wind and water erosion and over a longer time-frame soil organic carbon levels may increase. But, based on these results it is likely that any potential increase in soil organic carbon will be small.
Lead research organisation Hart Field Site Group
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC CRF00002
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments

The soil organic carbon trial and extension work was funded by GRDC (project code CRF00002) and DAF (project code AotG1-42).

 


Other trial partners Cropfacts Pty Ltd and CSIRO
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Method

Crop types Barley
Wheat
Canola
Treatment type(s)
  • Fertiliser
  • Stubble
  • Stubble: Management
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Temora 2012 Barley

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Temora 2012 Wheat

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Temora 2012 Canola

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Temora 2013 Barley

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Temora 2013 Wheat

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Temora 2013 Canola

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Temora 2014 Barley

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Temora 2014 Wheat

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Temora 2014 Canola

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Temora 2015 Barley

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Temora 2015 Wheat

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Temora 2015 Canola

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Temora 2016 Barley

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Temora 2016 Wheat

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Temora 2016 Canola

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Temora 2017 Barley

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Temora 2017 Wheat

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Temora 2017 Canola

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2012 Barley

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While all due care has been taken in compiling the information within this manual the Hart Field-Site Group Inc or researchers involved take no liability resulting from the interpretation or use of these results. We do not endorse or recommend th

2012 Wheat

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While all due care has been taken in compiling the information within this manual the Hart Field-Site Group Inc or researchers involved take no liability resulting from the interpretation or use of these results. We do not endorse or recommend th

2012 Canola

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While all due care has been taken in compiling the information within this manual the Hart Field-Site Group Inc or researchers involved take no liability resulting from the interpretation or use of these results. We do not endorse or recommend th

2013 Barley

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While all due care has been taken in compiling the information within this manual the Hart Field-Site Group Inc or researchers involved take no liability resulting from the interpretation or use of these results. We do not endorse or recommend th

2013 Wheat

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While all due care has been taken in compiling the information within this manual the Hart Field-Site Group Inc or researchers involved take no liability resulting from the interpretation or use of these results. We do not endorse or recommend th

2013 Canola

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While all due care has been taken in compiling the information within this manual the Hart Field-Site Group Inc or researchers involved take no liability resulting from the interpretation or use of these results. We do not endorse or recommend th

2014 Barley

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While all due care has been taken in compiling the information within this manual the Hart Field-Site Group Inc or researchers involved take no liability resulting from the interpretation or use of these results. We do not endorse or recommend th

2014 Wheat

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While all due care has been taken in compiling the information within this manual the Hart Field-Site Group Inc or researchers involved take no liability resulting from the interpretation or use of these results. We do not endorse or recommend th

2014 Canola

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While all due care has been taken in compiling the information within this manual the Hart Field-Site Group Inc or researchers involved take no liability resulting from the interpretation or use of these results. We do not endorse or recommend th

2015 Barley

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While all due care has been taken in compiling the information within this manual the Hart Field-Site Group Inc or researchers involved take no liability resulting from the interpretation or use of these results. We do not endorse or recommend th

2015 Wheat

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While all due care has been taken in compiling the information within this manual the Hart Field-Site Group Inc or researchers involved take no liability resulting from the interpretation or use of these results. We do not endorse or recommend th

2015 Canola

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While all due care has been taken in compiling the information within this manual the Hart Field-Site Group Inc or researchers involved take no liability resulting from the interpretation or use of these results. We do not endorse or recommend th

2016 Barley

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While all due care has been taken in compiling the information within this manual the Hart Field-Site Group Inc or researchers involved take no liability resulting from the interpretation or use of these results. We do not endorse or recommend th

2016 Wheat

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While all due care has been taken in compiling the information within this manual the Hart Field-Site Group Inc or researchers involved take no liability resulting from the interpretation or use of these results. We do not endorse or recommend th

2016 Canola

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While all due care has been taken in compiling the information within this manual the Hart Field-Site Group Inc or researchers involved take no liability resulting from the interpretation or use of these results. We do not endorse or recommend th

2017 Barley

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While all due care has been taken in compiling the information within this manual the Hart Field-Site Group Inc or researchers involved take no liability resulting from the interpretation or use of these results. We do not endorse or recommend th

2017 Wheat

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While all due care has been taken in compiling the information within this manual the Hart Field-Site Group Inc or researchers involved take no liability resulting from the interpretation or use of these results. We do not endorse or recommend th

2017 Canola

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While all due care has been taken in compiling the information within this manual the Hart Field-Site Group Inc or researchers involved take no liability resulting from the interpretation or use of these results. We do not endorse or recommend th

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Hart 2012 Canola

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Hart 2013 Barley

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Hart 2013 Canola

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Hart 2014 Barley

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Hart 2014 Wheat

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Hart 2014 Canola

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Hart 2015 Barley

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Hart 2015 Wheat

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Hart 2015 Canola

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Hart 2016 Barley

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Hart 2016 Wheat

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Hart 2016 Canola

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Hart 2017 Barley

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Hart 2017 Wheat

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Hart 2017 Canola

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Birchip 2012 Barley

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Birchip 2012 Canola

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Birchip 2013 Barley

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Birchip 2013 Canola

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Birchip 2014 Barley

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Birchip 2014 Wheat

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Birchip 2014 Canola

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Birchip 2015 Barley

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Birchip 2016 Barley

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Birchip 2016 Wheat

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Birchip 2016 Canola

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Birchip 2017 Barley

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Birchip 2017 Wheat

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Birchip 2017 Canola

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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
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Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Site 6, Temora, NSW Not specified
, SA Not specified
Site 5, Hart, SA Not specified
Birchip, VIC Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source
Trial site Soil order
Site 6, Temora, NSW Anthroposol
, SA Calcarosol
Site 5, Hart, SA Chromosol
Birchip, VIC Anthroposol
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

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Climate

Derived climate information

No observed climate data available for this trial.
Derived climate data is determined from trial site location and national weather sources.

Site 6, Temora VIC

VIC

Site 5, Hart VIC

Birchip VIC

Site 6, Temora VIC

NOTE: Exact trial site locality unknown - Climate data may not be accurate
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VIC

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Site 5, Hart VIC

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Birchip VIC

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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.




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