In some districts, the area cultivated during the summer fallow has increase on recent years

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Researcher(s) John Small (CWFS)
Year(s) 2015
Contributor Central West Farming Systems
Trial location(s) West Wyalong, NSW
In some districts, the area cultivated during the summer fallow has increase on recent years locations

To report on discussions that there was an apparent increase in cultivation of fallows this year.

Key messages
  • From reports received it appears that the area of cultivated fallow has generally increased by 20 to 30% this summer. Specific district increases are reported below.
  • Different motivations for cultivating fallow are reported from different districts but generally relate to either; weed management, physical soil condition issues or ending or starting a pasture phase. Producers ability to sow into current stubble loadings was not a major driver of cultivation.
  • Cheaper diesel was not a major driver for cultivation but it appears to have made the decision to cultivate easier.
  • Producers will burn to reduce stubble loads for sowing if needed.
  • Farmers generally reported higher cultivation activity than crop consultants.
Lead research organisation Central West Farming Systems
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC CWF00018
Related program N/A

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Crop type Fallow
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop: Type
Trial type Article/commentary
Trial design Not applicable

West Wyalong 2015

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
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Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
West Wyalong, NSW Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
West Wyalong, NSW Chromosol
Soil Moisture Source: BOM/ANU
Average amount of water stored in the soil profile during the year, estimated by the OzWALD model-data fusion system.
Year West Wyalong NSW
2015 620.7mm
2014 613.6mm
2013 614.6mm
2012 615.7mm
2011 620.1mm
2010 628.9mm
2009 614.4mm
2008 621.5mm
2007 567.2mm
2006 581.7mm
2005 618.4mm
2004 608.6mm
2003 556.0mm
2002 509.1mm
2001 514.8mm
2000 472.9mm
National soil grid Source: CSIRO/TERN
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



Derived climate information

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

West Wyalong NSW

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

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.

Trial report and links

2015 trial report

Trial last modified: 26-11-2019 14:14pm AEST