2022 Marrabel Response

Trial In Progress


Research organisatons
Funding source
SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre Agrilink Agricultural Consultants Pty Ltd

Trial details

Researcher(s) Mick Faulkner
Ben Smith
Nigel Wilhelm
Contact email ben.smith@agrilinkag.com.au
Contact phone 0429 202 725
Year(s) 2022
Contributor SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre
Trial location(s) Marrabel, SA
2022 Marrabel Response locations

To identify the severity of K deficiency in broad-acre crops in respect to the Colwell K level in the top 10 cm of soil.

Key messages
Not specified
Lead research organisation SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre
Host research organisation Agrilink Agricultural Consultants Pty Ltd
Trial funding source GRDC UOA2201-002RTX
Related program N/A

Smith family, landowners

Other trial partners Not specified


Crop type Grain Legume: Faba beans
Treatment type(s)
  • Fertiliser: Rate
  • Fertiliser: Timing
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Marrabel 2022

Sow rate or Target density 130kg/ha
Sow rate or Target density 130kg/ha
Sow date 25 April 2022
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size 20m x 5m
Plot replication 4
Psuedoreplication Not specified
Plot randomisation No
Other trial notes

​This investment is designed to collect and collate data from a range of different soil types under plus and minus K fertiliser treatments to validate K responsiveness and look to ascertain if current critical K values are accurate across all soil types. The investment is also designed to demonstrate the value of tissue testing to diagnose K deficiency and validate best practice methodologies of application including banding of K which has been shown to provide benefits vs topdressing, foliar application & claying.

Colwell K in top 10 cm, 270 ppm

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Marrabel, SA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Marrabel, SA Sodosol
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



Derived climate information

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

Marrabel 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 report and links

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Trial last modified: 08-11-2022 12:11pm AEST