Eastern Eyre Peninsula Soil Management project


Research organisaton
Funding source
Agricultural Innovation & Research Eyre Peninsula
Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board

Trial details

Researcher(s) David Davenport
Joshua Telfer
Year(s) 2021
Contributor Agricultural Innovation & Research Eyre Peninsula
Trial location(s) Elbow Hil, SA
Eastern Eyre Peninsula Soil Management project locations

This project aimed to provide support to landholders in the north­eastern area of the EP to address bare areas with repeated soil erosion events. This was done by providing funding to trial a range of practices to increase soil cover and providing technical support to deliver and evaluate these practices. 

Key messages

•    Soil amelioration through ripping with inclusion plates or clay delving has supported the development of plant cover in areas with a history of wind erosion.
•    Mixed species pasture systems can present an opportunity to increase soil cover and feed levels.
•    Summer cover crops can deliver higher levels of soil cover over summer, providing increased soil protection and can support soil amelioration practices, such as ripping with inclusion plates.
•    Compared to stubble treatments, summer cover crops can lower soil water levels when growing, but soil water levels measured post-germination showed mixed results. Even where soil water is lower, there may not be a negative impact on biomass or yield in the subsequent crop as shown in 2021.

Lead research organisation Agricultural Innovation & Research Eyre Peninsula
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board G2021-5
Related program N/A

The Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board for funding the project. Co-operators Andrew Baldock, Ben Ranford, Evan Hunt, Greg Williams, Jon Mills, David and Tony Foxwell, Gavin Rehn, Jeremy Callis and Andrew Murdock. Geoff Rissman, Cleve Rural Traders, for technical support on pasture species. 

Other trial partners Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board
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Crop types Forage: Mixed Pasture: Mixed species
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop: Type
  • Management systems: Cover crops
  • Soil Improvement: Method
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Unknown

Elbow Hil 2021 Mixed

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

Elbow Hil 2021 Mixed species

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
Elbow Hil, SA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Elbow Hil, 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.

Elbow Hil SA

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

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

2021 trial report

Trial last modified: 25-05-2023 15:11pm AEST