Responsive farming using variable rate sowing at Minnipa

2010

Research organisaton
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Roy Latta (SARDI)
Cathy Paterson (SARDI)
Ian Richter (SARDI)
Wade Shepperd (SARDI)
Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI)
Year(s) 2010
Contributor SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre
Trial location(s) Minnipa, SA
Responsive farming using variable rate sowing at Minnipa locations
Aims

To further evaluate variable rate sowing as a tool to improve profitability in low rainfall upper EP farming systems, this broad acre trial
began in 2008 and has continued through to 2010.

Key messages
  • After two good seasons a variable rate approach is as profitable as a low input blanket approach and more profitable than a standard blanket approach.
Lead research organisation SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC UA00107
Related program Eyre Peninsula Farming Systems
Acknowledgments

Special thanks to Brett McEvoy, Mark Klante and Trent Brace for their assistance sowing and managing the trial. Also thanks to Leigh Davis for his help at harvest and to Jake Pecina for his technical assistance with the trial.


Other trial partners Not specified
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Method

Crop type Wheat
Treatment type(s)
  • Fertiliser: Rate
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Minnipa 2010

Sowing machinery

Broadacre farm machinery. 9m paddock length strips

Sow date 4 June 2010
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
Fertiliser

Foliar N (UAN@10 units of N/ha) was applied on 17 August at growth stage 31 to the high input treatment.

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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
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
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

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Climate

Minnipa SA 2010


Observed climate information

Rainfall avg ann (mm) 325mm
Rainfall avg gsr (mm) 242mm
Rainfall trial total (mm) 410mm
Rainfall trial gsr (mm) 346mm

Derived climate information

Minnipa SA

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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 last modified: 23-07-2019 16:18pm AEST