Minnipa farming systems competition - grain and graze barley


Research organisaton
Funding sources

Trial details

Researcher(s) Jessica Crettenden (SARDI)
Roy Latta (SARDI)
Year(s) 2011
Contributor SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre
Trial location(s) Minnipa, SA
Minnipa farming systems competition - grain and graze barley locations
  • To compare the impact of four different management strategies on production, profitability and sustainability at the Minnipa Agricultural Centre.
Key messages
  • Depending on seasonal influence, stored soil moisture, soil nutrition, stocking rate management and correct timing (early tillering at growth stage (GS) 18-22, rather than later tillering at GS 24-28), grazing can be done with no detriment to crop yield.
  • However, preceding paddock history had a significant impact on subsequent crop success and needs to be considered when planning future rotations.
Lead research organisation SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC UA00117
Trial funding source Caring for our Country
Related program Grain & Graze 2
  • We gratefully acknowledge the help of Mark Klante, Trent Brace, Cathy Paterson and Ian Richter for their technical assistance and site management. This project is funded by GRDC and Caring for Our Country (UA00117).

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Barley
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop: Type
  • Grazing
Trial type Demonstration
Trial design Replicated

Minnipa 2011

Sow rate or Target density 55 kg/ha Hindmarsh barley
Sow date 3 May 2011
Harvest date 10 November 2011
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication 2

60 kg/ha DAP

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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Minnipa, SA Red sandy loam
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Minnipa, SA Calcarosol
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 Minnipa SA
2011 383.4mm
2010 385.3mm
2009 391.3mm
2008 330.4mm
2007 331.2mm
2006 334.5mm
2005 288.0mm
2004 296.1mm
2003 293.2mm
2002 283.3mm
2001 343.9mm
2000 389.0mm
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



Minnipa SA 2011

Observed climate information

Rainfall avg ann (mm) 325mm
Rainfall avg gsr (mm) 242mm
Rainfall trial total (mm) 404mm
Rainfall trial gsr (mm) 252mm

Derived climate information

Minnipa SA


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 last modified: 23-07-2019 11:39am AEST