Soil biology in farming systems

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Research organisaton

Trial details

Researcher(s) N/A
Year(s) 2000
Contributor Central West Farming Systems
Trial location(s) Condobolin, NSW
Soil biology in farming systems locations

To provide information about soil biology in farming systems.

Key messages
  • Stubble retention and reduced stocking pressures increase soil microbial activity.
  • Activity of soil microbes give soils natural suppression of root diseases.
  • Disease suppression has been shown to be substantially increased through retention of stubbles over a 5-10 year period.
  • Microbial activity has a strong influence on the availability of soil nutrients to crops, Nitrogen is the nutrient most influenced by microbial activity.
  • There are many microbes that can break down chemicals and this break down is often enhanced with increased stubble retention.
Lead research organisation N/A
Host research organisation N/A
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments N/A
Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type No crop specified
Treatment type(s)
  • Soil
Trial type Article/commentary
Trial design Unreplicated

Condobolin 2000

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
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
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

2000 trial report

Trial last modified: 07-05-2019 18:59pm AEST