Category Archives: Break crops in retained stubble systems

Break crops in retained stubble systems in south west Victoria

Break crops can be grown profitably in the southern HRZ retained stubble systems but more system specific research is needed to develop best management practice. Southern HRZ mixed farms have additional break crop opportunities and can use legume based pastures … Continue reading

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Break crops in retained stubble systems in the Wimmera and Mallee

Crop sequences are most profitable when break crops are included to solve agronomic problems (grass weeds, root disease, low soil N). Trial work has demonstrated that crop sequences involving a broadleaf break crop can be more profitable than continuous wheat. This … Continue reading

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Break crops in retained stubble systems in Tasmania

Retaining standing stubble resulted in lower poppy establishment, reduced poppy plant size and vigour. High levels of Red-legged earth mite (RLEM) damage may occur to poppies where previous wheat stubble is retained. Windrow burning and burning stubble showed potential as … Continue reading

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Break crops in stubble retained systems under irrigation

Faba beans have relatively large seed reserves and are able to establish in cereal stubbles. There is evidence that cereal stubbles also act as a deterrent to aphids that have the capacity to infect emerging faba crops with viruses such … Continue reading

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Break crops in retained stubble systems

GRDC stubble management guideline No. 1 Growing break crops and retaining stubble are two practices known to improve soil health and nutrient cycling in broadacre cropping systems. However, when stubble loads are heavy, management issues can result that can affect profitability. This … Continue reading

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Rotational effects of legume termination

By Alison Frischke and De-Anne Ferrier, BCG Key messages: In a dry season, there was a small grain yield benefit (90kg/ha) for wheat that followed terminated vetch and field peas (1.5-2.4t/ha of biomass), compared with fallow and terminated medic. Soil water benefits … Continue reading

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Molybdenum, row spacing, plant population and PGRs in Faba beans

By Damian Jones, ICC Key messages: Applying molybdenum to faba beans did not effect nodulation or plant moly levels. Faba beans sown at 25 plants/m² on 7½ inch row spacings produced the highest yields. PGRs had no effect on the yield, height … Continue reading

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Do faba beans have a fit under irrigation in Tasmania?

By Heather Cosgriff, SFS Key messages: PBA Samira had the highest yield under irrigation at Cressy focus site. Nura and new variety PBA Zahra also showed promise. Establishment rate of 30 plants/m2 resulted in highest yield. Low disease pressure meant … Continue reading

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Vetch termination

By De-Anne Ferrier (BCG), Laura Goward and Mark Peoples (CSIRO) Key messages: When vetch is established in March and is terminated ‘early’ (three to four months later, in June, July), soil water will be conserved for the subsequent wheat crop; the risk of haying off due … Continue reading

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Role of break crops – long season canola in stubble

The aim of this scoping study was to explore the potential of long season canola, established into grazed unburnt stubble on 28 March 2014 compared to a main season sown variety. The early sown plots were established using two separate seeders: … Continue reading

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