Category Archives: Guidelines for growers

Weed management in stubble retained systems in the south west

Guidelines for growers Weed numbers are dynamic across a paddock. Any intervention to decrease weed seed set is not going to deplete the seed bank within a season. Narrow windrow burning and harvest weed seed destructors are viable options when presented with the … Continue reading

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Monitoring stubbles during the fallow period

GRDC stubble management guideline: No. 8 The effective management of stubble during a fallow period (the period when no crop is growing in the paddock) can minimise a number of potential cropping issues such as weed populations, seeder blockages and … Continue reading

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Stubble management at harvest

GRDC stubble management guideline No. 4 Key messages: Stubble management starts at harvest.  Effective chaff and straw spreaders are essential in a stubble retained system. There is an increased cost associated with cutting crops low. A successful retained stubble farming system … Continue reading

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Fallow management in the Wimmera and Mallee

Guideline for growers Maintain a minimum of 5t/ha of stubble to maximise benefits of moisture retention. Monitor stubble load and if modifying stubble, do it early to maximise breakdown before seeding. Take machinery set up into account when modifying stubble. … Continue reading

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Desired stubble characteristics for irrigators

Guidelines for growers Harvest height is predetermined by crop type and height. The stubble height remaining after harvest can be managed in the future if required.  On irrigated paddocks, many cereal stubbles are too thick for even the best seeders. Consequently stubbles … Continue reading

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Inter-row sowing into retained stubble in the Wimmera and Mallee

Guideline for growers Accurate tractor guidance and stable implement tracking are key to successful inter-row sowing. Inter-row sowing improves handling of heavy stubbles and enhanced harvestability of pulse crops such as lentils. Timeliness of sowing, improved water infiltration and conservation, … Continue reading

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Inter-row sowing into retained stubble in south west Victoria

Guideline for growers Inter-row sowing is strongly dependent on access to accurate and reliable auto-steer guidance systems. Implement steer systems improve inter-row seeder tracking and avoids crabbing into old furrows. Wider row spaces reduce crop competition with weeds but can reduce … Continue reading

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Inter-row sowing

The practice of inter-row sowing, whereby crops are sown between the previous year’s stubble rows, is compatible with stubble retention as it minimises trash flow issues at seeding and improves crop emergence. Key points Accurate tractor guidance and stable implement … 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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