Category Archives: Guidelines for growers

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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Guidelines for growers

The Victorian and Tasmanian stubble project will specifically examine 17 cropping system components that are directly impact, or interact with, crop residue in a stubble retained system. Guidelines on how growers can manage with each of these components while retaining stubble … Continue reading

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Sowing into stubble: seeder set-up and selection

Key messages: Bar clearance and tyne layout have a strong influence on a machine’s ability to cope with heavy stubble loads. Select a seeder based on your farming system, cropping environment and your financial position. Stubble management starts at harvest. … Continue reading

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Stubble characteristics in a retained stubble cropping system

GRDC stubble management guideline No. 3 Stubble management begins at harvest. Many of the issues that arise when stubble is retained, such as seeder blockages, reduced herbicide efficacy and poor crop establishment, can be avoided if thought is given to the type … Continue reading

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Desired stubble characteristics for the Wimmera and Mallee

Guidelines for growers   Stubble management starts at harvest: management decisions about choppers, spreaders, cutting height and your row spacing will affect harvest efficiency, weed control (herbicide options) and the subsequent crop. Stubble height should be determined according to weather conditions, … Continue reading

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Row spacing and stubble retention on irrigation

Guideline for growers Increasing row spacing beyond the traditional 7” (17.5cm) results in yield loss in high yielding cereals. Broadleaf crops are more forgiving of wider row spacings. Irrigation is associated with high yielding crops which equates to high stubble loads … Continue reading

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Row spacing for retained stubble systems in Tasmania

Key messages Canola produced similar levels of dry matter for grazing on wide or narrow rows. Wide row spacing increased paddock scale yield by 25 per cent compared to narrow row. Grazing reduced grain yield of canola on either spacing, … Continue reading

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Row spacings in a retained stubble system

GRDC stubble management guideline No. 2  One of the biggest challenges to operating in a stubble retained system is management of the crop residue present in the paddock at sowing time. Inability to effectively sow through retained stubble and subsequent … Continue reading

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Row spacing for retained stubble systems in the Wimmera and Mallee

Guideline for growers There are both benefits and challenges that come from increasing row spacing to above 25cm in a retained stubble cropping system. Yield potential, weed competition, crop rotation, stubble loads, sowing efficiency, disease management, crop safety (from herbicides … Continue reading

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