Responsive farming for soil type at Mudamuckla


Research organisaton
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Roy Latta (SARDI)
Therese McBeath (CSIRO)
Cathy Paterson (SARDI)
Ian Richter (SARDI)
Wade Shepperd (CSIRO)
Year(s) 2011
Contributor SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre
Trial location(s) Mudamuckla, SA
Responsive farming for soil type at Mudamuckla locations

To investiage management of risk through tailoring inputs to the different production zones potential
by using variable rate technology.

Key messages
  • Wheat yields in the poor, medium and good zones in response to low, medium and high inputs respectively did not differ significantly in 2011.
  • Over a 3 year wheat-canola-wheat rotation there has been no measured production benefit from applying 6 kg/ha of P on the good soil type as opposed to nil P on a shallow constrained soil.
Lead research organisation SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC UA00107
Related program Eyre Peninsula Farming Systems
  • We acknowledge the funding from GRDC project UA00107 for this work. Thanks to Peter Kuhlmann for the opportunity to use this paddock as part of EPFS 3, Andre Eylward and Paulus Viljone for sowing the paddock and all their help during the year.

Other trial partners UoA and CSIRO
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Crop type Wheat
Treatment type(s)
  • Fertiliser: Rate
  • Sowing: Rate
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Mudamuckla 2011

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
Mudamuckla, SA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Mudamuckla, SA Tenosol
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 Mudamuckla SA
2011 106.9mm
2010 93.0mm
2009 103.1mm
2008 81.5mm
2007 70.1mm
2006 87.0mm
2005 92.8mm
2004 92.5mm
2003 82.5mm
2002 69.8mm
2001 82.3mm
2000 98.3mm
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.

Mudamuckla SA


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 last modified: 23-04-2019 10:03am AEST