Responsive farming for soil type at Mudamuckla


Research organisaton
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Roy Latta (SARDI)
Cathy Paterson (SARDI)
Wade Shepperd (SARDI)
Year(s) 2009
Contributor SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre
Trial location(s) Mudamuckla, SA
Responsive farming for soil type at Mudamuckla locations

To manage risk through variable rate technology using different inputs over variable soil types and testing the use of Yield Prophet to match plant available water and nutrition with modelling of climatic conditions, knowing that we can have unpredictable finishes to seasons.

Key messages
  • In a good growing season, wheat performed equally well in zones identified as good, medium or poor however they achieved only 50% of their yield potential water use efficiency.
Lead research organisation SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC UA00107
Related program Eyre Peninsula Farming Systems

Thanks to Peter Kuhlmann for the opportunity to use this paddock as part of EPFS III and ‘Jock’ Rhynne and Andre Eylward for sowing the paddock and all their help during the year. Thanks also to Willie Shoobridge, Trent Brace, Kay Brace and Cilla King for all their technical help, and Alison Frischke for setting up the trial.

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Wheat
Treatment type(s)
  • Fertiliser: Rate
  • Sowing: Rate
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Mudamuckla 2009

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
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



Mudamuckla SA 2009

Observed climate information

Rainfall avg ann (mm) 293mm
Rainfall avg gsr (mm) 219mm
Rainfall trial total (mm) 292mm
Rainfall trial gsr (mm) 229mm

Derived climate information

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: 21-01-2019 17:02pm AEST