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 will be released at stages throughout the project’s life.

The 17 outputs to be realised by work undertaken through the stubble project in Victoria and Tasmania are as follows:

  1. Locally specific guidelines detailing the role of break crops in underpinning, profitable and sustainable cropping systems with specific benefits for stubble retained systems.
  2. Locally specific guidelines detailing required row spacing (for a range of likely crop yields) that enable seeding equipment to effectively establish crops in retained stubble.
  3. Locally specific guidelines detailing desired stubble characteristics targeted for retained stubble systems: i.e. what sort of stubble needs to be produced by the harvest process?
  4. Locally specific guidelines and support for management of harvest process to produce stubble with required characteristics for retained stubble systems: machinery selection, set up and operation.
  5. An analysis of tools and support to enable growers to understand likely returns to the farm businesses from investments in harvest machinery suitable for retained stubble systems.
  6. Locally specific guidelines for the tools/technologies to manage stubble characteristics during fallow period; ie. selection of appropriate tool/technology, set up and operation to achieve desired stubble characteristics.
  7. Locally specific guidelines for monitoring stubbles during the fallow period (assessment of stubble loads and timing of actions to manage stubble loads to fit within limitations of seeding equipment).
  8. Locally specific guidelines and support for the selection, set-up and operation of seeding equipment in retained stubble systems.
  9. Locally specific guidelines and support for the set-up and operation of seeding equipment required to establish canola into heavy cereal stubbles.
  10. Locally specific guidelines and support for selection, set-up and operation of systems to reliably allowing seeding between stubble rows (i.e. inter-row sowing) in row spacings suited to region.
  11. Locally specific guidelines and support for a proactive approach to weed management within retained stubble systems.
  12. Locally specific guidelines and support to address issues with herbicide application in retained stubble systems, especially coverage issues for fallow herbicides in standing stubble and the interaction of pre-emergent herbicides with stubble
  13. Locally specific guidelines and support for a proactive approach to pest management within retained stubble systems.
  14. Locally specific guidelines and support for a proactive approach to disease management within retained stubble systems.
  15. Locally specific guidelines and support for crop nutrition within stubble retention systems.
  16. Locally specific guidelines that detail benchmarks for stubble load which suggest action is required to reduce or remove stubble to reduce the risk of adverse impacts on crop profitability.
  17. Locally specific guidelines for the level and timing of stubble cover to deliver benefits: soil moisture conservation and prevention of erosion.
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