Biosolids to overcome subsoils constraints in the Victorian grain growing soils

2019
CC BY 4.0

Research organisaton
Funding sources

Trial details

Researcher(s) Nimesha Fernando, Singarayer Florentine, Renick Peries, Aravind Surapaneni
Contact email n.jayaweera@federation.edu.au
Contact phone 0353279189
Year(s) 2019
Contributor Federation University Australia - School of Health and Life Sciences
Trial location(s) Ballan, VIC
Balliang East, VIC
Biosolids to overcome subsoils constraints in the Victorian grain growing soils locations
Aims

The aim of this project is to investigate the use of biosolids to overcome subsoil constraints in the high and low rainfall zones in Victorian grain growing regions: in brief,

  • investigate whether subsoil physicochemical constraints that limit root growth and reduce water and nutrient-use efficiency can be overcome by using subsoil amelioration with pelletised T1C2 grade biosolids 
  • determine whether subsoil amelioration with biosolids will have any adverse effects on plant availability of heavy metals
  • investigate whether microbial populations will be impacted from the application of biosolids into the subsoils
  • determine whether biosolids as a subsoil ameliorant can have  any impacts on grain quality
Key messages

TRIAL IN PROGRESS. 

For the current information please contact Nimesha Fernando - 0353279189/0434871969

Lead research organisation Federation University Australia - School of Health and Life Sciences
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC 9176547
Trial funding source IWN
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments

This work is funded by GRDC under the innovation grants-2018. Complimentary funding from Intelligent Water Network is acknowledged. We would like to thank Rentier's Machinery for their help with our field trials set up at both field sites. Farm managers at both sites Yaloak (Rob Binks) and Balliang (Chris Sharkey) are acknowledged for their ongoing assistance.


Other trial partners Agriculture Victoria, South East Water, Cleanaway Organics, Veolia Water, Central Highland Water

Method

Crop type Wheat
Treatment type(s)
  • Soil amelioration: Type
  • Soil amelioration: Rate
  • Soil amelioration: Application
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Randomised,Replicated,Blocked

Ballan 2019

Sow date 31 May 2019
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size 10m x 4m
Plot replication Not specified

Ballan 2019

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

Balliang East 2019

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
Trial source data and summary not available
Check the trial report PDF for trial results.
Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Ballan, VIC Not specified
Balliang East, VIC Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Ballan, VIC Vertosol
Balliang East, VIC 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 Ballan VIC Balliang East VIC
2019 669.1mm429.8mm
2018 671.6mm439.8mm
2017 655.3mm433.9mm
2016 665.5mm439.3mm
2015 676.6mm442.6mm
2014 642.5mm438.5mm
2013 653.6mm446.3mm
2012 639.7mm447.2mm
2011 655.1mm449.2mm
2010 700.2mm463.6mm
2009 670.5mm447.1mm
2008 618.6mm444.4mm
2007 656.0mm432.8mm
2006 672.2mm441.4mm
2005 619.4mm439.1mm
2004 658.1mm452.5mm
2003 674.4mm436.3mm
2002 587.2mm435.1mm
2001 625.8mm423.8mm
2000 619.7mm432.9mm
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.

Ballan VIC

Balliang East VIC

Ballan VIC

NOTE: Exact trial site locality unknown - Climate data may not be accurate
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Balliang East VIC

NOTE: Exact trial site locality unknown - Climate data may not be accurate
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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: 05-09-2019 13:39pm AEST