A comparison of farming systems profitability: 2002-2006

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Research organisaton

Trial details

Researcher(s) Kit Chi Chung (UNE)
Jason Crean (NSW DPI)
Rob Sanderson (CWFS)
Year(s) 2006
Contributor Central West Farming Systems
Trial location(s) Condobolin, NSW
A comparison of farming systems profitability: 2002-2006 locations

To capture some of these realities and provide an indication of how the different systems compare in physical and economic terms.

Key messages
  • Farming systems with greater reliance on livestock performed better than more cropping intensive systems over the last five years.
  • The lower income and lower cost perennial pasture system was found to be the most profitable under the assumptions made.
  • Dry conditions over the last five years have generally played havoc with the performance of cropping intensive systems, particularly the continuous cropping system.
  • Because of this, we suggest that the results provide more guidance about the robustness of farming systems during extended dry conditions rather than average conditions so keenly sought.
Lead research organisation Central West Farming Systems
Host research organisation N/A
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments N/A
Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Cereal (Grain): Wheat
Treatment type(s)
  • Farm operations: Economics
Trial type Article/commentary
Trial design Not applicable

Condobolin 2006

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
Psuedoreplication Not specified
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Trial results Table 1

# Variety
Treatment 1
Grain yield (t/ha)
1 LF wheat Traditional farming 0.28
2 SF wheat u/s Traditional farming 0.05
3 LF wheat Reduced tillage 0.21
4 SF wheat u/s Reduced tillage 0.2
5 SF wheat aC Continuous cropping 0
6 SF wheat aP Continuous cropping 0.19
7 Canola Continuous cropping 0.22
8 Peas Continuous cropping 0

Grain yield t/ha

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Condobolin, NSW Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Condobolin, NSW Kandosol
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 Condobolin NSW
2006 119.2mm
2005 154.3mm
2004 155.8mm
2003 154.0mm
2002 162.4mm
2001 230.3mm
2000 300.5mm
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.

Condobolin NSW


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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2006 trial report

Trial last modified: 22-04-2019 15:12pm AEST