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Investigating western farming systems

Erbacher, A., Baird, J. and Whish, J. (2019) Investigating western farming systems. GRDC Update .

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Abstract

Take home messages
- Winter cereals showed improved water use efficiency (WUE) compared to legumes and summer grown crops at both Narrabri and Mungindi
- Generally, dollars per mm of crop water used was greater for winter crops ($2.20) than summer grown crops ($1.30)
- Although summer crops had lower WUE than winter crops there is a benefit in growing summer crops to manage root lesion nematodes
- Crop choice influenced the fallow efficiency (FE). The median fallow efficiency after winter cereals equalled 0.26, whereas fallow efficiency after chickpeas equalled 0.14
- Modelling suggests a high intensity cropping rotation can be the most profitable, if crops are planted on 100mm or more plant available water (PAW).

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Crop and Food Science
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Methods and systems of culture. Cropping systems
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Improvement, reclamation, fertilisation, irrigation etc., of lands (Melioration)
Plant culture > Field crops
Deposited On:04 Feb 2020 03:11
Last Modified:04 Feb 2020 03:11

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