Alternative crops trial

2004
CC BY 4.0

Research organisaton

Trial details

Researcher(s) Sharon Taylor (CWFS)
Year(s) 2004
Contributor Central West Farming Systems
Trial location(s) Tottenham, NSW
Alternative crops trial locations
Aims

To look at alternative crops to wheat and barley.

Key messages
  • The best yielding crops were undersown barley, at l t/ha, and wheat at 0.8 t/ha.
  • Excel field peas were the only alternative crop to yield similar to wheat, but like all other alternative crops, its yield was statistically different from undersown barley.
  • Wheat and undersown barley were the only trial entries to have positive gross margins.
  • Kaspa field peas had the lowest gross margin in the alternative crops because of high seed costs
Lead research organisation Central West Farming Systems
Host research organisation N/A
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments

Woodlands Ag Bureau and the fanners in the Tottenham district for their support and interest in this trial throughout the year. On behalf of the group I would also like to thank Allan L’Estrange, Daryl Reardon and Jimmy Presley for their technical support. I would also like to thank the Medcalf family for allowing us to have the trial on their property.


Other trial partners Not specified
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Method

Crop types Barley
Wheat
Lucerne
Field peas
Canola
Chickpeas
Vetch
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop
  • Crop: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Blocked

Tottenham 2004 Barley

Sow date 14 June 2004
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size 30m x 6m
Plot replication Not specified

Tottenham 2004 Wheat

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

Tottenham 2004 Lucerne

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

Tottenham 2004 Field peas

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

Tottenham 2004 Canola

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

Tottenham 2004 Chickpeas

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

Tottenham 2004 Vetch

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
Tottenham, NSW Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Tottenham, NSW Vertosol
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 Tottenham NSW
2004 602.9mm
2003 554.5mm
2002 530.9mm
2001 528.4mm
2000 514.1mm
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

Derived climate information

No observed climate data available for this trial.
Derived climate data is determined from trial site location and national weather sources.

Tottenham NSW

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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: 28-08-2019 11:25am AEST