A comparison of farming systems profitability: 2002-2006


Research organisaton

Trial details

Researcher(s) Jason Crean (NSW DPI), Kit Chi Chung (UNE) and Rob Sanderson (CWFS)
Year(s) 2006
Contributor Central West Farming Systems
Trial location(s) Site 1, 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 Wheat
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop
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
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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
Site 1, Condobolin, NSW Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source
Trial site Soil order
Site 1, Condobolin, NSW Kandosol
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



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 1, 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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