Responsive farming for soil type at Wharminda


Research organisaton
Funding source

Trial details

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

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

Key messages
  • Annual medic plant establishment density limited by 2008 drought, mice and possibly a false break.
  • Pasture production restricted by low plant numbers but increased by 2010 P applications.
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 the Hunt family for the opportunity to use this paddock as part of EPFS 3.

Other trial partners UoA and CSIRO
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Crop type Medic
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop: Type
Trial type Demonstration
Trial design Unreplicated

Wharminda 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
Wharminda, SA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Wharminda, SA Sodosol
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 Wharminda SA
2011 464.8mm
2010 435.8mm
2009 397.0mm
2008 383.1mm
2007 376.1mm
2006 387.5mm
2005 330.1mm
2004 311.0mm
2003 344.1mm
2002 317.2mm
2001 350.6mm
2000 407.7mm
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.

Wharminda 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 report and links

2011 trial report

Trial last modified: 23-04-2019 12:19pm AEST