Risk management strategies for growing canola in the low rainfall zone

2015
CC BY 4.0

Research organisaton
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Mick Brady (DEDJTR)
Therese McBeath (CSIRO)
Michael Moodie (MSF)
Andrew Ware (SARDI)
Year(s) 2015
Contributor Central West Farming Systems
Trial location(s) Minnipa, SA
Ouyen, VIC
Risk management strategies for growing canola in the low rainfall zone locations
Aims

To identify strategies that minimise the risk of canola production in the low rainfall zone.

Key messages
  • Contrasting canola yields were observed at two sites in 2015 highlighting both the potential and the risks of growing canola in the southern Australian low rainfall zone.
  • Sowing at the earliest opportunity and applying N at seeding or early in the crop’s development produced the highest grain yields.
  • Purchasing hybrid canola instead of using farmer retained open pollinated canola provided no advantage in 2015.
Lead research organisation Central West Farming Systems
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments

Thank you to the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) for providing the funding. Thank you
to Alan Crook and the Minnipa Agricultural Centre for providing the land to the trials. Thank you to Dr. Ray Correll
(Rho Environmetrics) for completing the statistical analysis for these trials. ATR Stingray is a registered variety of
Nuseed Pty Ltd. Hyola 450TT is a registered variety of Pacific Seeds.


Other trial partners Not specified
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Method

Crop type Canola
Treatment type(s)
  • Sowing
  • Sowing: Timing
Trial type
Trial design

Minnipa 2015

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

Ouyen 2015

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
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Trial source data and summary not available
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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Minnipa, SA Not specified
Ouyen, VIC Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Minnipa, SA Calcarosol
Ouyen, VIC Calcarosol
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 Minnipa SA Ouyen VIC
2015 289.3mm163.1mm
2014 336.5mm187.3mm
2013 290.8mm182.3mm
2012 330.8mm236.0mm
2011 383.4mm341.3mm
2010 385.3mm246.8mm
2009 391.3mm189.3mm
2008 330.4mm176.3mm
2007 331.2mm193.5mm
2006 334.5mm156.2mm
2005 288.0mm189.1mm
2004 296.1mm160.3mm
2003 293.2mm176.2mm
2002 283.3mm168.9mm
2001 343.9mm242.3mm
2000 389.0mm256.0mm
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

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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.

Minnipa VIC

Ouyen VIC

Minnipa VIC

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

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



Trial last modified: 28-08-2019 11:47am AEST