High water-use farming systems that integrate crops with perennial pastures

2003
CC BY 4.0

Research organisaton

Trial details

Researcher(s) Neil Fettell (NSW Agriculture)
Brett Honeysett (NSW Agriculture)
Year(s) 2003
Contributor Central West Farming Systems
Trial location(s) Condobolin, NSW
High water-use farming systems that integrate crops with perennial pastures locations
Aims

To develop high water-use farming systems that integrate crops with perennial pastures.

Key messages
  • Soil water content is being measured to 3 m depth in the CWFS core site.
  • The lucerne plots in the phase farming systems contained 200 mm less soil water than the continuous cropped plots at the end of 2003.
  • Lucerne had dried the soil to a similar extent after 3 years of lucerne (conventional tilled system) and 2 years of lucerne (reduced till system).
  • Most of the additional moisture in the annual plots was below 1 m depth.
  • Including a perennial pasture such as lucerne in a cropping system can reduce the risk of excessive deep drainage.
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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Method

Crop types Mixed species
Lucerne
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop: Type
Trial type
Trial design

Condobolin 2003 Mixed species

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

Condobolin 2003 Lucerne

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
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
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

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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.

Condobolin NSW

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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 report and links

2003 trial report



Trial last modified: 26-11-2019 14:13pm AEST