SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) provides research and development services to the state government, commercial clients and research partners to help make South Australia’s primary industries and regions internationally competitive and ecologically sustainable.

SARDI’s programs are designed to increase the productivity, sustainability and adaptability of the state’s agriculture, food and wine, fisheries and aquaculture and bioscience enterprises, create opportunities for market growth, address barriers to growth and provide applied solutions.

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) operates the Minnipa Agricultural Centre (MAC). MAC serves the cereal growing areas of the Eyre Peninsula, which produces on average 40 to 45% of South Australia's wheat. Research and development conducted at the Minnipa Agricultural Centre includes development of innovative, best practice farm management practices for low rainfall environments.

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Years: 2009 to 2018
205 published trials
208 uploaded trial reports
59 trial sites
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Ameliorating a deep repellent sand at Murlong increased wheat performance substantially in 2018

David Davenport (Rural Solutions SA), Mel Fraser (Rural Solutions SA), Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI), Brett Masters (Rural Solutions SA)

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Previous research has shown that physical intervention on compacted sandy soils can deliver significant yield increases. However, deep incorporation can be expensive and can increase erosion risk. The development of inclusion plates attached to deep ripping tynes allows for deep mixing of surface applied nutrients at a relatively low cost and wi… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil amelioration Type Soil amelioration Rate Soil amelioration Application
Murlong, SA
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Current farming systems in the low rainfall zone of southern Australia are dominated by cereal production. There is increasing concern about grass weed and soil-borne disease pressure, as well as diminishing soil fertility (particularly nitrogen), and water use efficiency, as a result of continuously cropping cereals. Break crops have a key role… read more

Crop type: Break crops 1 trial Crop Type Variety Type
MAC N9, SA
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Legume pastures have been pivotal to sustainable agricultural development in southern Australia. They provide highly nutritious feed for livestock, act as a disease break for many cereal root pathogens, and improve soil fertility through nitrogen (N) fixation. Despite these benefits, pasture renovation rates remain low and there are opportunitie… read more

Crop type: Mixed species 1 trial Crop Type Inoculant Rate Variety Type
MAC S2/8, SA
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Legume pastures have been pivotal to sustainable agricultural development in southern Australia. They provide highly nutritious feed for livestock, act as a disease break for many cereal root pathogens, and improve fertility through nitrogen (N) fixation. Despite these benefits pasture renovation rates remain low and there is opportunity to impr… read more

Crop type: Mixed species 1 trial Crop Type Variety Type
MAC S2/8, SA
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In southern Australian mixed farming systems, there are many opportunities for pasture improvement, providing positive impacts to both cropping and livestock systems. Dryland legume pastures are necessary in low to medium rainfall zones to support productive and healthy livestock, along with optimal production in crops following these pastures. … read more

Crop type: Mixed species 1 trial Crop Type Variety Type
MAC S2/8, SA
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On the upper Eyre Peninsula (UEP), calcareous soils constitute a high proportion (more than 1 million hectares) of soils used for agricultural production (Bertrand et al. 2003). The website ‘Yield Gap Australia’ (http://yieldgapaustralia.com.au/maps/) identifies that the average grain yield on western Eyre Peninsula (WEP) and UEP is… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate Fertiliser Application
Nunjikompita - Howard, SA
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On the upper Eyre Peninsula (UEP), calcareous soils constitute a high proportion (more than 1 million hectares) of soils used for agricultural production (Bertrand et al. 2003). The website ‘Yield Gap Australia’ (http://yieldgapaustralia.com.au/maps/) identifies that the average grain yield on western Eyre Peninsula (WEP) and UEP is… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate Fertiliser Application
Piednippie - Montgomerie, SA
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Barley grass and ryegrass are the major grass weeds in cereal cropping regions on upper Eyre Peninsula. An integrated approach to weed management (IWM) is required to slow the development of herbicide resistance and aims to lower the weed seed bank with the use of non-chemical techniques such as harvest weed seed management, including narrow win… read more

Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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Legumes are frequently inoculated with rhizobia at sowing, to improve nodulation and nitrogen fixation. Rhizobia can be supplied as peat, freeze-dried (liquid) or granular inoculant formulations. At sowing time, farmers often wish to apply different treatments together, to increase the efficiency of the sowing operation. In some cases, rhizobial… read more

Crop type: Field peas 1 trial Fungicide Type Fungicide Timing Fungicide Application
Minnipa, SA
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Improving crop establishment in a non-wetting sand with soil wetting agents

Jack Desbiolles (University of SA), Lynne Macdonald (CSIRO), David Davenport (Rural Solutions SA), Mel Fraser (Rural Solutions SA), Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI), Brett Masters (Rural Solutions SA)

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Previous work on Eyre Peninsula at Wharminda (Wilhelm, unpublished data) investigated the impact of two soil wetter chemistries applied within the seed row on crop establishment and grain yield. This work showed that both wetting agents increased cereal crop establishment in most trials over three years, but this rarely translated into grain yie… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil amelioration Type Soil amelioration Rate Soil amelioration Application Soil amelioration Timing
Murlong, SA
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Break crops continue to occupy a small percentage of arable land across the southern low rainfall zone, despite extensive research demonstrating their role and value in farming systems. This is generally thought to be due to a perception that break crops have an increased risk and production cost, compared to cereals. There is also a lack of con… read more

Crop type: Lentils 1 trial Variety Type
MAC N9, SA
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The aim of this trial was to identify plant varieties or mixtures that can increase dry matter production of the pasture break phase on the highly alkaline soils of upper Eyre Peninsula. Current cropping and grazing systems are mostly based on monocultures and the potential feed base of the break phase could be broadened to be more productive fo… read more

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Type
Piednippie, SA

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Animal grazing
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Barley grass continues to be a major grass weed in cereal cropping regions on upper Eyre Peninsula (EP). The use of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology to identify and assess barley grass populations in paddocks and monitor potential resistant populations may be a useful tool for farmers. Barley grass weed density was monitored in three pad… read more

Crop type: Vetch 1 trial No treatment
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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This research aims to determine whether adding extra nitrogen (N) at GS31 will bring benefits above the current standard practice of only applying nitrogen at or near sowing in three different Eyre Peninsula (EP) environments.

 

Every season, growers need to make choices over limited resources in order to maximise their prof… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Variety Type
MAC N10, SA
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This research aims to determine whether adding extra nitrogen (N) at GS31 will bring benefits above the current standard practice of only applying nitrogen at or near sowing in three different Eyre Peninsula (EP) environments.

 

Every season, growers need to make choices over limited resources in order to maximise their prof… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Variety Type
Lock - Burrows 2018, SA
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This research aims to determine whether adding extra nitrogen (N) at GS31 will bring benefits above the current standard practice of only applying nitrogen at or near sowing in three different Eyre Peninsula (EP) environments.

 

Every season, growers need to make choices over limited resources in order to maximise their prof… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Variety Type
Cummins - Green, SA
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In the past 15 years the area sown to pulses in South Australia has increased by 50% (ABARES 2015) and continues to expand as new pulse varieties become available with improved herbicide, disease and soil constraints tolerance. Dry sowing legumes allows growers to better manage time demands around sowing, ensure successful early establishment of… read more

Crop type: Break crops 1 trial Crop Type Inoculant Type Inoculant Rate Inoculant Application
Minnipa, SA
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<abbr title='Grains Research and Development Corporation'>GRDC</abbr> South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT)

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This research has developed predictive formulas that can be used by growers to estimate in-season soil moisture at different depths and crop nutrient content from proximal sensing (PS) data.

 

The upper Eyre Peninsula (UEP) is a challenging environment for growers, due to the Mediterranean-type of climate, where irregular an… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate
Nunjikompita - Howard, SA
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This research has developed predictive formulas that can be used by growers to estimate in-season soil moisture at different depths and crop nutrient content from proximal sensing (PS) data.

 

The upper Eyre Peninsula (UEP) is a challenging environment for growers, due to the Mediterranean-type of climate, where irregular an… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate
Piednippie - Montgomerie, SA
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This research has developed predictive formulas that can be used by growers to estimate in-season soil moisture at different depths and crop nutrient content from proximal sensing (PS) data.

 

The upper Eyre Peninsula (UEP) is a challenging environment for growers, due to the Mediterranean-type of climate, where irregular an… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Variety Type
Cummins - Green, SA
Source Data Unavailable
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Aims:

This research has developed predictive formulas that can be used by growers to estimate in-season soil moisture at different depths and crop nutrient content from proximal sensing (PS) data.

 

The upper Eyre Peninsula (UEP) is a challenging environment for growers, due to the Mediterranean-type of climate, where irregular an… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Variety Type
Lock - Burrows 2018, SA
Source Data Unavailable
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Aims:

This research has developed predictive formulas that can be used by growers to estimate in-season soil moisture at different depths and crop nutrient content from proximal sensing (PS) data.

 

The upper Eyre Peninsula (UEP) is a challenging environment for growers, due to the Mediterranean-type of climate, where irregular an… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Variety Type
MAC N10, SA
Source Data Unavailable
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Barley grass continues to be a major grass weed in cereal cropping regions on upper Eyre Peninsula. An integrated approach to weed management (IWM) is required to slow the development of herbicide resistance and aims to lower the weed seed bank with the use of non-chemical techniques such as harvest weed seed management including burning stubble… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Harvest Timing
Hardy Hill Rd, SA
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Adoption of Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) in the low rainfall zone (LRZ) of the Southern Region is very low. The GRDC-funded project ‘Application of controlled traffic in the low rainfall zone’ has been evaluating whether or not this scepticism is justified. To help LRZ growers answer the questions and uncertainties they face when thinkin… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil Compaction Soil amelioration Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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Farmers in the Kimba area have been producing oaten hay for export for several years. The industry has been expanding, with dedicated storage facilities established in recent years on the outskirts of Kimba. To maximise production and quality, the Buckleboo Farm Improvement Group wanted to identify the current best oaten hay variety for the Kimb… read more

Crop type: Oats 1 trial Variety Type
Kimba (Cliff), SA
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Farmers and advisors list weeds as one of the major constraints to improving the productivity and sustainability of southern Australian farming systems. Narrow windrow burning has been rapidly adopted across southern Australia as a weed management tool. The technique has been found to be very effective for controlling annual ryegrass and wild ra… read more

Crop type: No crop specified 1 trial Stubble Management
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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Barley grass continues to be a major grass weed in cereal cropping regions on upper Eyre Peninsula (EP). Swathing a cereal crop involves cutting the cereal crop and weeds into windrows at between 20 and 40% grain moisture and allowing it to dry after cutting. Having the weed seeds cut and in the windrow before the seed heads shatter and before t… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial No treatment
Yaninee, SA
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Barley grass continues to be a major grass weed in cereal cropping regions on upper Eyre Peninsula (EP). Swathing a cereal crop involves cutting the cereal crop and weeds into windrows at between 20 and 40% grain moisture and allowing it to dry after cutting. Having the weed seeds cut and in the windrow before the seed heads shatter and before t… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial No treatment
Hardy Hill Rd, SA
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Barley grass continues to be a major grass weed in cereal cropping regions on upper Eyre Peninsula (EP). Swathing a cereal crop involves cutting the cereal crop and weeds into windrows at between 20 and 40% grain moisture and allowing it to dry after cutting. Having the weed seeds cut and in the windrow before the seed heads shatter and before t… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial No treatment
Condada,
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Adoption of Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) in the low rainfall zone (LRZ) of the Southern Region is very low. The GRDC-funded project 'Application of controlled traffic on the low rainfall zone' is evaluating whether or not this is justified. To help LRZ growers answer the questions and uncertainities they face when thinking about CTF … read more

Crop type: Vetch 1 trial Crop Type Soil Compaction Soil amelioration Application
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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SAGIT funded a project to assess the potential of fluid nutrient delivery systems and disease control strategies compared to current systems. Fluid systems have the potential to increase production through more effective delivery of micro and macro nutrients, use of lower cost trace element sources and improved control of cereal and canola root … read more

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate Fertiliser Timing Fungicide Type Fungicide Rate Fungicide Application
Coulta, SA
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The aim of this SAGIT-funded project was to build on previous research by updating knowledge of the benefits, including disease control and nutrition, of fluid delivery systems. Fluid systems have the potential to increase production through efficient delivery of micro and macro nutrients, reduced cost of trace element delivery and increased con… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate Fungicide Type
Streaky Bay, SA
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The aim of this SAGIT-funded project was to build on previous research by updating knowledge of the benefits, including disease control and nutrition, of fluid delivery systems. Fluid systems have the potential to increase production through efficient delivery of micro and macro nutrients, reduced cost of trace element delivery and increased con… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate Fungicide Type
Warramboo, SA
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The broad aim of this 3 year SAGIT funded project was to investigate if current management tools for medic based pastures, such as herbicides, fertilisers and rhizobial inoculants, are affecting N fixation by medic pastures under field conditions typical of the upper Eyre Peninsula. These results should also be relevant to other low rainfall Mal… read more

Crop type: Medic 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Herbicide Type Herbicide Timing
Piednippie, SA
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The broad aim of this 3 year SAGIT funded project was to investigate if current management tools for medic based pastures, such as herbicides, fertilisers and rhizobial inoculants, are affecting N fixation by medic pastures under field conditions typical of the upper Eyre Peninsula. These results should also be relevant to other low rainfall Mal… read more

Crop type: Medic 1 trial Fertiliser Type Herbicide Type Herbicide Timing
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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The broad aim of this 3 year SAGIT funded project was to investigate if current management tools for medic based pastures, such as herbicides, fertilisers and rhizobial inoculants, are affecting N fixation by medic pastures under field conditions typical of the upper Eyre Peninsula. These results should also be relevant to other low rainfall Mal… read more

Crop type: Medic 1 trial Fertiliser Type Herbicide Type Herbicide Timing
Pingbong, SA
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Barley grass continues to be a major grass weed in cereal cropping regions on upper Eyre Peninsula (EP). The use of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology to identify and assess barley grass populations in paddocks and monitor potential resistant populations may be a useful tool for farmers. Barley grass weed density was monitored in three pad… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial No treatment
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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Barley grass continues to be a major grass weed in cereal cropping regions on upper Eyre Peninsula (EP). The use of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology to identify and assess barley grass populations in paddocks and monitor potential resistant populations may be a useful tool for farmers. Barley grass weed density was monitored in three pad… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial No treatment
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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Within Eyre Peninsula, as in other Mediterranean environments, grain yields of cereal crops are variable, and in many cases, this is due to under-fertilization. Previous modelling and field experiments showed the need for higher rates of fertilization in south-eastern Australia. Research into interactions between water and N, with simulation mod… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Irrigation Rate Variety Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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These variety trials were identified as priorities by local agricultural bureau groups to evaluate commonly grown varieties, compare them to newly released varieties and provide further information on varietal performance in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Variety Type
Elliston, SA
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These variety trials were identified as priorities by local agricultural bureau groups to evaluate commonly grown varieties, compare them to newly released varieties and provide further information on varietal performance in soil types and rainfall regions where wheat National Variety Trials (NVT) are not conducted.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Variety Type
Wharminda, SA
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The aim of this paddock demonstration was to compare grain yield and grain quality of a mid-late maturing variety (Trojan) and two early-mid season maturing varieties (Mace and Scepter).

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Timing Variety Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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There has been increasing interest from growers and agronomists in low rainfall farming regions to evaluate alternative break crop options to field peas. Field peas are generally well suited to low rainfall farming systems and have historically been the main pulse option for the upper Eyre Peninsula region. However, relatively high prices, produ… read more

Crop type: Field peas 1 trial Crop Type Variety Type
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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The aim of this SAGIT-funded project was to build on previous research by updating knowledge of the benefits, including disease control and nutrition, of fluid delivery systems. Fluid systems have the potential to increase production through efficient delivery of micro and macro nutrients, reduced cost of trace element delivery and increased con… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate Fungicide Type
Streaky Bay, SA
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Aims:

The aim of this SAGIT-funded project was to build on previous research by updating knowledge of the benefits, including disease control and nutrition, of fluid delivery systems. Fluid systems have the potential to increase production through efficient delivery of micro and macro nutrients, reduced cost of trace element delivery and increased con… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate Fungicide Type
Warramboo, SA
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A SAGIT Fluid delivery project was funded to update the benefits of fluid delivery systems from previous research and assess the potential of fluid nutrient delivery systems and disease control strategies compared to current systems. The fluid systems have the potential to increase production through delivery of micro and macro nutrients, lower … read more

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fungicide Type Fungicide Method
Coulta, SA
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Mixed livestock and cropping systems have an important role to play in the diversification, risk management and sustainability of farming in low rainfall areas. The majority of farms in these areas use livestock to provide enterprise diversity and risk management, however grazing also offers a range of other system benefits that are generally no… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Grazing Regime Sowing Rate
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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Adoption of Controlled Traffic Farming (CTF) in the low rainfall zone (LRZ) of the Southern Region is very low. The GRDC-funded project ‘Application of controlled traffic in the low rainfall zone’ is evaluating whether or not this scepticism is justified. To help LRZ growers answer the questions and uncertainties they face when thinking abou… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil Compaction
Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
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Many medic pasture phases are now being managed to produce vigorous medic dominant pastures using a range of herbicides and pesticides to control weeds and pests. However, it appears that some of these pastures are not producing high nitrogen (N) reserves for the following cereal crops. The broad aim of this SAGIT funded project is to assess the… read more

Crop type: Medic 1 trial Crop Type Fertiliser Rate Herbicide Type Herbicide Timing
Pingbong, SA
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Many medic pasture phases are now being managed to produce vigorous medic dominant pastures using a range of herbicides and pesticides to control weeds and pests. However, it appears that some of these pastures are not producing high nitrogen (N) reserves for the following cereal crops. The broad aim of this SAGIT funded project is to assess the… read more

Crop type: Medic 1 trial Crop Type Fertiliser Rate Herbicide Type Herbicide Timing
Piednippie, SA
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