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Years: 2009 to 2017
234 published trials
261 uploaded trial reports
66 trial sites
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Aims:

To motivate growers to carry out direct problem diagnostics in their crops using:

  • nutrient and deep cultivation strips in crops, to compare with standard management;
  • follow-up work to find out why they have observable crop growth variations in a paddock

To develop a protocol for setting up strip tes… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil Soil Preparation
Dandaragan, WA Red loamy sand
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To demonstrate how soil inversion using a mouldbaord plough could be used to incorporate lime into acidic subsoil, overcome soil water repellance and control weeds and to measure its in=mpact and growth.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Soil amelioration Application
Moora, WA
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This Demonstration forms part of the Grain & Graze II project looking at the relative merits of grazing canola and cereal crops. This demonstration looks to assess whether the effects of grazing canola with sheep during the growing season. Factors being assessed are yield and quality, dry matter production and grazing value.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Grazing Regime Variety Type
East Binnu, WA
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Summer sowing serradella pod into perennial grass pastures

Geoff Moore (DAFWA), Brad Wintle (DAFWA), Phil Barrett-Lennard (AgVivo/Evergreen Farming)

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  • To evaluate the effectiveness of establishing annual legumes into established perennial grass-based pastures by 'summer' sowing of hard-seeded serradella pod.
  • To test the effectiveness of drilling pod versus broadcasting of pod.

Crop type: Not specified 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Method Variety Type
Badgingarra, WA
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This Demonstration forms part of the Grain & Graze II project looking at the relative merits of grazing canola and cereal crops. This demonstration looks to assess whether the effects of grazing wheat with sheep during the growing season. Factors being assessed are Yield & quality, dry matter production and grazing value.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Grazing Regime
Mingenew, WA
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To assess the impact of full inversion mouldboard ploughing and partial inversion rotary spading on soil repellance, crop growth and grain yield using large scale on-farm trials.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil amelioration Application
Badgingarra, WA Sand over gravel
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To assess the impact of full inversion mouldboard ploughing and partial inversion rotary spading on soil repellance, crop growth and grain yield using large scale on-farm trials.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil amelioration Application
East Nabawa, WA Yellow loamy sand
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To assess the impact of full inversion mouldboard ploughing and partial inversion rotary spading on soil repellance, crop growth and grain yield using large scale on-farm trials.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil amelioration Application
West Moora, WA Sand over gravel
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To assess the impact of full inversion mouldboard ploughing and partial inversion rotary spading on soil repellance, crop growth and grain yield using large scale on-farm trials.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil amelioration Application
Badgingarra, WA Pale deep sand
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To assess the impact of full inversion mouldboard ploughing and partial inversion rotary spading on soil repellance, crop growth and grain yield using large scale on-farm trials.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil amelioration Application
Warradarge, WA Pale deep sand
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To assess the impact of full inversion mouldboard ploughing and partial inversion rotary spading on soil repellance, crop growth and grain yield using large scale on-farm trials.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil amelioration Application
Binnu, WA Yellow deep sand
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To assess amelioration options for water repellent sandplain soils.

Crop type: Lupins 1 trial Soil amelioration
Badgingarra, WA
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Lime incorporation into acidic sandplain soils in the West Midlands and beyond

Stephen Davies (DAFWA), Peter Negus, Dennis Martin, Anne Wilkins (WMG), Dave Gartner (AgLime), Wes Lefroy (Precision SoilTech) and Peter Newman (Planfarm)

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To improve understanding of the range of tillage implements and techniques available to incorporate lime into acidic soils, their respective costs and benefits.

Crop type: None 3 trials Soil amelioration
Badgingarra, WA Dandaragan, WA Mingenew, WA
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To determine how management with foliar fungicide and an in-furrow fungicide may influence the yield response of long season wheat varieties with an early sowing opportunity.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fungicide Fungicide Method
Eneabba, WA
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To determine how lime, nutrients or other amendments are distributed through the soil after applicaiton with different mixing methods.

Crop type: None 1 trial Soil amelioration
Dandaragan, WA
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Wheat agronomy on water repellant sands

Stephen Davies, Christine Zaicou, Melanie Kupsch (DAFWA) and Richard Devlin (Living Farm)

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To systematically assess the impact of sowing time, seeding rate and wetting agents on wheat establishment and productivity across a range of environments on water repellent soil and determine whether there are interactions between the agronomic options tested.

Crop type: Wheat 4 trials Sowing Rate Sowing Timing
Binnu, WA Cranbrook, WA Warradarge, WA Yealering, WA
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To assess the interaction between clay rate and incorporation methods to overcome soil water repellence and improve crop establishment and productivity.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil amelioration Rate
Bolgart, WA
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To demonstrate the relative performances of the three canola options available to Western Australian growers

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Variety
Badgingarra, WA Gravelly sand
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To assess the performance of newly released canola varieties in the West Midlands.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Variety
Badgingarra, WA Gravelly sand
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To determine whether crop establishment and grain yield gains from claying can be further improved by matching the clay rich subsoil application rate with the incorporation method.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Soil amelioration Application
Badgingarra, WA
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  • To evaluate the effect of water rate using a medium spray quality on bromoxynil based herbicides under conditions where coverage is not optimal.
  • To evaluate the effect of coarse droplets.
  • To evaluate the effect on wild radish control at different water rates with MCPA in tank mixtures with Velocity.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Herbicide Type
Buntine, WA Sand to sandy loam
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To support growers with agronomic decisions such as sowing time and variety selection to enhance industry profitability through improved wheat yields and grain quality

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Timing Variety Type
Coorow, WA Loamy sand
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The effect of single disc seeding operation on herbicide crop tolerance in wheat

Tristan Cornwall (University of Western Australia); Ken Flower (University of Western Australia); Mike Ashworth, (WANTFA)

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To ascertain the crop safety of pre-emergent (IBS) herbicides when used with differing seeding systems and sowing speeds.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Herbicide Type Herbicide Rate Sowing Rate Sowing Method
Cunderdin, WA Deep sand over clay sand
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To demonstrate the effect of seeder type and operation on the efficacy and safety of pre-emergent herbicides in barley.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Herbicide Type Sowing Rate Sowing Method
Beacon, WA Red brown sandy loam
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To assess the impact of various levels of soil disturbance (cultivation methods) on water repellence and productivity and the interaction of these cultivation methods with soil amendments, lime and clay.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil amelioration Type Soil amelioration Rate
Badgingarra, WA Pale deep sand
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Including break crops into rotations with cereals can influence the nitrogen (N) dynamics of cropping systems and assist in the management of weeds and reduce disease incidence in crop rotations. Previous studies into single year break crops where herbicide-resistant annual ryegrass was present found that weeds still had a significant impact on … read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Rotation
Merredin, WA
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1. To quantify the survival and growth of alternative shrub species for grazing 2. Determine how these shrub species respond to grazing by sheep, and what preferences animals show for the different species.

Crop type: Mixed 1 trial Crop Type Variety Type
Miling, WA Heavy loam
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To evaluate the performance of crops (barley in 2009) when pasture cropped over different perennial species established on deep pale sands.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Crop Type Crop Rotation Fertiliser Rate Sowing Row spacing
Dandaragan, WA Pale deep sand
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To evaluate the rate of breakdown and nutrient release of a resin coated urea relative to traditional Nitrogen Sources (Urea and Maxam).

Crop type: Not specified 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate Fertiliser Timing
Badgingarra, WA Sand
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This was the first year of an intended long term trial investigating the effect of K nutrition on sandplain. Potassium was applied at rates between zero and 100 kg/ha IBS and banded in the forms of MOP and compound NPK product (Vigour).

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Fertiliser Timing Fertiliser Method
West Moora, WA Yellow sandy loam
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To demonstrate what clay rate is required for claying to be successful and to look at how this is affected by the degree of clay incorporation.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil amelioration Type Soil amelioration Rate
Badgingarra, WA Pale deep sand
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To test a wide range of current varieties of Angustifolius lupin.

Crop type: Lupins 1 trial Variety Type
Badgingarra, WA
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To test a wide range of current varieties of Angustifolius lupin.

Crop type: Lupins 1 trial Variety Type
Carnamah, WA
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To identify companion annual legumes for perennial grass based pastures and to develop reliable, low cost methods of establishment

Crop type: Mixed 1 trial Variety Type
Badgingarra, WA
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This trial was established 2006 to (1) demonstrate responses to Super Phos, potash and lime in pasture and the benefits to the following crop, and (2) to demonstrate the benefits of pasture manipulation and Intake in Furrow to the following crop.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate Soil amelioration Application
Dandaragan, WA Red brown loam
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BEST TM21 demonstration and its effect on nitrogen utilisation

Stuart McAlpine (Best Environmental Technologies), Graham Taylor and Julie Taylor (Wannamal)

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Compare varying rates of N on wheat after applying BEST TM21 against a control area of no post nitrogen application.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Type Soil amelioration Type Soil amelioration Rate
Wannamal, WA Clay loam
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To identify companion annual legumes for perennial grass based pastures and to develop reliable, low cost methods of establishment

Crop type: Mixed 1 trial Variety Type
Badgingarra, WA
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To assess the performance of newly released canola varieties in the West Midlands.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Variety Type
Badgingarra, WA Gravelly sand
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This was a small trial in which alternative break crops were sown into a deep sand.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Type
Badgingarra, WA Gravelly sand
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This report records the use of polyacrylamides (PAMs) and soil wetting agents in Badgingarra.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Fertiliser Type Soil amelioration Type Soil amelioration Rate
Badgingarra, WA Sandy gravel
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Comparison of seeding machines for sowing sub-tropical grasses

Phil Nichols (DAFWA, CRC, UWA), Ron Yates (DAFWA, CRC), Geoff Moore (DAFWA, CRC), Phil Barrett-Lennard (Evergreen Farming), John Titterington (DAFWA, CRC), Brad Wintle (DAFWA, CRC), Tom Bailey (Evergreen Farming), Chris Loo (CRC, UWA)

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To determine whether successful establishment of sub-tropical grasses is affected by seeding machine configuration

Crop type: Not specified 1 trial Crop Type Sowing Method
Gillingarra, WA Deep non-wetting sand
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Use furrows for sowing sub-tropical grasses

Phil Nichols1, 2,3, Ron Yates1,2, Geoff Moore1,2, John Titterington1,2 Brad Wintle1,2 and Chris Loo2,31Department of Agriculture and Food WA;2Future Farm Industries CRC; 3School of Plant Biology, The University of Western Australia

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To determine whether successful establishment of sub-tropical grasses requires sowing into furrows.

Crop type: Not specified 1 trial Sowing Method
Eneabba, WA Deep sand
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Use furrows for sowing sub-tropical grasses

Phil Nichols1, 2,3, Ron Yates1,2, Geoff Moore1,2, John Titterington1,2 Brad Wintle1,2 and Chris Loo2,3 1Department of Agriculture and Food WA; 2Future Farm Industries CRC; 3School of Plant Biology, The University of Western Australia

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To determine whether successful establishment of sub-tropical grasses requires sowing into furrows.

Crop type: Mixed 1 trial Sowing Method
Gillingarra, WA Deep sand
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Watch your speed when sowing sub-tropical grasses

Phil Nichols1,2,3, Ron Yates1,2, Geoff Moore1,2, John Titterington1,2 Brad Wintle1,2 and Chris Loo2,31Department of Agriculture and Food WA; 2Future Farm Industries CRC; 3School of Plant Biology, The University of Western Australia

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To determine whether successful establishment of sub-tropical grasses is affected by sowing speed

Crop type: Not specified 1 trial Sowing Rate
Gillingarra, WA Deep sand
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To assess the impact of full inversion mouldboard ploughing and partial inversion rotary spading on soil repellance, crop growth and grain yield using large scale on-farm trials.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Soil amelioration Application
Badgingarra, WA Pale deep sand
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To assess the impact of full inversion mouldboard ploughing and partial inversion rotary spading on soil repellance, crop growth and grain yield using large scale on-farm trials.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil amelioration Application
Badgingarra, WA Brown deep sand
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To assess the impact of full inversion mouldboard ploughing and partial inversion rotary spading on soil repellance, crop growth and grain yield using large scale on-farm trials.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil amelioration Application
Marchagee, WA Yellow loamy sand
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To determine the effect grazing barley has on grain yield.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Grazing Regime
North Badgingarra, WA
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Knockdown herbicide treatments for sub-tropical grass establishment

Phil Nichols (DAFWA, CRC, UWA), Ron Yates (DAFWA, CRC), Geoff Moore (DAFWA, CRC), John Titterington (DAFWA, CRC), Brad Wintle (DAFWA, CRC), Chris Loo (CRC, UWA)

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To determine whether a single knockdown herbicide can be used for successful establishment of sub-tropical grasses to reduce the wind erosion risk from double knockdown applications.

Crop type: Not specified 2 trials Herbicide Rate Herbicide Application
Eneabba, WA Gillingarra, WA Deep sand
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To determine the long term effects of 1980 P treatments on soil fertility.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser
Badgingarra, WA Deep grey over pale yellow
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