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19. Managing stubble for moisture conservation and erosion prevention

Improving soil moisture and minimising erosion with retained stubble Key Points: Retained stubble will minimise wind erosion. It can also provide infiltration and moisture conservation benefits, depending on stubble load throughout the year. Leaving the stubble standing, with adequate residue … Continue reading

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14. Pest management in retained stubble systems

Proactive pest management in retained stubble in the Victorian and Tasmanian high rainfall zones Key points: Retained stubble provides suitable habitat for crop seedling pests to survive and multiply Burning and baiting increased crop establishment where there were high populations … Continue reading

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Tools and Technologies for Managing Stubble Characteristics in the Fallow Period

Take home messages Harvest is the starting point for all stubble management systems Every farming system  is different and is designed to suit each growers specific needs There is a huge variety of tools and technologies available for managing stubble … Continue reading

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Stubble Characteristics targeted for a retained stubble system in south west victoria

Key Messages: Desired stubble characteristics differ depending on the crop species that is being sown. Each crop needs to be examined to see where it best fits in the rotation based on the stubble residue it is following. Just like … Continue reading

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Establishing canola in retained stubble in irrigated systems

Key points: Heavy stubbles can present numerous difficulties but can be managed Canola needs shallow seed placement as it has little energy reserves to push through stubble No option to manage heavy stubbles should be ignored Establishing irrigated canola in … Continue reading

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10. Establishing Canola in heavy stubble loads

Disclaimer: Any recommendations, suggestions or opinions contained in this publication do not necessarily represent the policy or views of the Birchip Cropping Group (BCG), Southern Farming Systems (SFS), Irrigated Cropping Council (ICC) or the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). No … Continue reading

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Establishing canola in retained stubble in the Victorian and Tasmanian high rainfall zones

Key points: Inter-row sowing is critical to the success of establishing canola in retained stubble in the HRZ Leaving stubble upright increases success of canola establishment in retained stubble Slugs and insect pests can increase to levels that seriously damage … Continue reading

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Nitrogen management in a retained stubble system in the HRZ (VIC)

Take home messages Retaining cereal stubble increases soil microbial biomass and thus nitrogen (N) tie up. Rule of thumb – 1t/ha stubble ties up 5kg/ha N. Add N at sowing if soil N levels are below 40kg N/ha, nil if … Continue reading

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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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