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Growers in Western Australia’s Central & Eastern Wheatbelt Shown How to Reduce Fertiliser Rates without Sacrificing Grain Yields

Western Australia (News4us.com) March 01, 2011

Growers in Western Australia’s Central & Eastern Wheatbelt Shown How to Reduce Fertiliser Rates without Sacrificing Grain Yields

Growers in Western Australia’s Central & Eastern Wheatbelt Shown How to Reduce Fertiliser Rates without Sacrificing Grain Yields

Growers attending Regional Crop Updates in Western Australia’s central and eastern Wheatbelt will be guided on how to reduce fertiliser rates without sacrificing grain yields.

The Updates in the region are part of a series of 13 events throughout the grainbelt, supported by the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

DAFWA researcher Craig Scanlan and Bill Bowden, formerly of the department, will talk about fertiliser inputs at the Cunderdin, Corrigin and Moorine Rock events.

They have written a special Central Agricultural Region AgTactics edition Cutting fertiliser rates following a drought year – a safe option? which can be found via the DAFWA website at www.agric.wa.gov.au/carregion/ and clicking on Publications.

Dr Scanlan said research funded by the GRDC and research partners including DAFWA had led to recommendations on how to lower input costs by safely reducing rates of fertilisers including phosphorus and potassium.

“Soil testing and the use of locally calibrated fertiliser response models – including potassium and phosphorus calculators developed by DAFWA under a GRDC funded project – will help farmers quantify yield and economic responses to applied fertiliser,” he said.

As well as fertiliser rates, some of the many other topics to be covered at the Corrigin, Cunderdin and Moorine Rock events include seasonal forecasting, frost research, grain biosecurity and marketing opportunities.

March 8

Corrigin Cyril Box Pavilion

Corrigin Farm Improvement Group

Allison Madson 9881 0231

 

March 9

Cunderdin Agricultural College

Northam DAFWA

Christiaan Valentine 9690 2000

 

March 23

Moorine Rock Tennis Club

Merredin DAFWA

Tim Scanlon 9081 3115; Gary Kenward 9049 1500

 

Other WA Regional Crop Updates will be held at Badgingarra – March 1, Buntine – March 2, Port Denison – March 3, Geraldton – March 4, Ravensthorpe – March 9, Wickepin and Esperance  – March 10, Green Range – March 14, Kojonup – March 15 and Williams – March 16.

GRDC western panel chairman Neil Young urged growers to attend the events.

“The Regional Crop Updates allow growers to hear about new research information more quickly, and to consider how the results might fit into their farming systems,” he said.

“They are also an opportunity for growers to meet up with other farmers interested in running their businesses better.”


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