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Adoption of better agronomic practices for improving establishment of pasture legumes in the sub-tropics

Newman, L., Peck, G. and Buck, S. R. (2022) Adoption of better agronomic practices for improving establishment of pasture legumes in the sub-tropics. In: Proceedings of the 20th Agronomy Australia Conference, 2022, 6 - 10 February 2022, Toowoomba Qld.

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Abstract

Pasture legumes have been identified as the best long-term option to increase the productivity and returns from grass pastures in Queensland, however successful adoption rates remain low in the Brigalow Belt bioregion. Poor establishment is the most common reason for legumes failing. As part of a series of legume management workshops, 267 graziers and farm advisors were surveyed about their plans for sowing legumes and what agronomic practices they intended to use. Two-thirds of participants intended to change the practices they use to establish legumes through changing fallowing or seed-bed preparation, rhizobia application, sowing method or other practices. Despite the on-going drought the surveyed participants intend to establish 105,000 additional hectares of legumes using improved agronomic practices in the next 5 years. Adoption of better agronomic practices is likely to lead to more reliable legume establishment thereby increasing productivity for an important cattle production region of northern Australia.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Business groups:Animal Science
Additional Information:Open access
Keywords:Grazing, extension, Brigalow Belt, Queensland
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Soils. Soil science > Soil and crops. Soil-plant relationships. Soil productivity
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural meteorology. Crops and climate
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Methods and systems of culture. Cropping systems
Animal culture > Cattle
Animal culture > Rangelands. Range management. Grazing
Animal culture > Feeds and feeding. Animal nutrition
Agriculture > By region or country > Australia > Queensland
Deposited On:15 Feb 2022 06:21
Last Modified:15 Feb 2022 06:21

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