Authors: Therese McBeath1, Lynne Macdonald, Jack Desbiolles, Rick Llewellyn, Michael Moodie2, Bill Davoren1, Willie Shoobridge1
1CSIRO Agriculture & Food Waite Campus, 2Mallee Sustainable Farming and Frontier Farming Systems
Funded By: GRDC CSP00203
Project Title: Increasing production on sandy soils in low and medium rainfall areas of the Southern Region
- Where non-wetting is a major constraint, options that improve crop establishment are critical in dry seasons.
- Physical constraints to crop water use are apparent at all of our Mallee sites and a range of options (ripping, spading, seeder disturbance) have produced significant changes in crop productivity and the level of compaction.
- Poor fertility is an issue but identifying strategies with economic and long-lasting effects is more challenging.