Paul Breust (FarmLink) James Hunt (CSIRO) Guangdi Li (CSIRO) Richard Lowrie (CSIRO) James Mwendwa (CWFS) Mark Peoples (SARDI) Antony Swan (SARDI) Laura Watson (SARDI) Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI)
Central West Farming Systems
To challenge this notion, and to examine the impacts of break crops on the longer-term financial performance of following wheat crops.
Crop sequence experimentation undertaken in Central West NSW in 2011 and 2012, has demonstrated that crop sequences which include a brassica or legume break crops can be as profitable as, and in many instances more profitable than, continuous wheat.
Growing pulses for hay was found to provide high quality feed as good as from cereals but hay from canola was less nutritious. However, canola hay provided an alternative option in cases where a possible crop failure is likely due to adverse weather.
Growing pulses for hay was found to be profitable across a range of season types, achieves excellent grass weed control and provides greater N inputs and higher carry-over of soil water than when the same crop is grown for grain.
Lead research organisation
Host research organisation
This project is funded by GRDC in association with SARDI, CSIRO and CWFS farmers. I would like to
thank Ian Menz (District Agronomist, NSW DPI) and CWFS staff; John Small, Neil Williams and Tim Patton
for technical assistance. The support and collaboration of Peter Stuckey, David Watt, Derrick Davis and Tim
Fay is much appreciated.
No observed climate data available for this trial. Derived climate data is determined from trial site location and national weather sources.
NOTE: Exact trial site locality unknown - Climate data may not be accurate
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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