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Birchip Cropping Group Inc. (BCG) is a not-for-profit agricultural research and extension organisation led by farmers in the Victorian Wimmera and Mallee.

Nitrogen management in a stubble retained system in the WImmera and Mallee

Wheat stubble contributes a small percentage (2-3%) of nitrogen (N) requirement to the following cereal crop. N applied to crops that have hayed off can contribute to crop biomass and yield in the subsequent season. If soil tests are below … Continue reading

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Timing and amount of nitrogen applied is critical to achieve target yields on fertile sites

Tasmanian farmers grow many different crops with various nutrient requirements within a rotation, leading to large variation in residual soil N post-harvest. Soil testing prior to sowing and a deep nitrogen (N) test in early spring will give a greater … Continue reading

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16. Crop nutrition in a stubble retained system

GRDC stubble management guideline No. 16 What is stubble nutrition? What can I do to utilise it?  Nutrients remain in stubble after a crop has been harvested. These nutrients are made available to subsequent crops by soil microbes through break … Continue reading

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Stubble Disease Management Table

Disease Rhizoctonia Crown Rot Symptoms Shortened, brown, spear tipped roots. Bare or stunted patches in the paddock, from just a few plants to metres across.   Often, by the time you can see the symptoms there is no practice that … Continue reading

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Support for a proactive approach to disease management within stubble retained systems in the Wimmera and Mallee

Losses from crown rot in affected paddocks are usually ~5%, but can be >20%. In addition to its effects on grain yield, crown rot can also reduce grain size Whilst all of these diseases are common in any system, their … Continue reading

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Disease management in a retained stubble system under irrigation (Murray Mallee)

Stubble management for disease control in irrigated crops varies little from the surrounding dryland practices. Crop biomass and stubble loads may be higher, and more moisture is available to the crop, but the overall disease environment mirrors that of dryland. … Continue reading

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7. Tools to manage stubble during the fallow period

GRDC fallow management output No. 7 How do I manage stubbles during a fallow? A fallow paddock is a crop rotation management option in which a paddock is left uncultivated for an extended period of time. Following a fallow, there … Continue reading

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Tools to manage stubble during fallow in the Wimmera and Mallee

Stubble management requires an integrated management approach, often combining several strategies, that may vary between seasons. Stubble management during fallow is important for pre-sowing weed and pest management and stubble characteristics to maintain groundcover and enable crop sowing and establishment. … Continue reading

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BCG Stubble Crop Walk – Wednesday 26 July 2017

Growers will get the latest in stubble management information from the GRDC “Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble in Victoria and Tasmania” project at a Kooloonong crop walk on 26 July. BCG researcher Claire Browne will facilitate the event, … Continue reading

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Foliar fungicides for wheat

By Damian Jones, ICC This trial is continuing on with our fungicide work, but with a program that is considering Septoria Tritici Blotch as well as Stripe Rust. Septoria tritici blotch is an important stubble borne foliar disease of wheat … Continue reading

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