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Fallow management Calculating the profitability of different fallow management options

Poggio, M.J. and Hanks, M. (2007) Fallow management Calculating the profitability of different fallow management options. Technical Report. The Sugar Research and Development Corporation, Queensland.



The method used to manage a fallow can influence your overall farm profitability. The benefits of a well managed fallow include improved soil health, reduced weed control costs, a reduction in the number of machinery operations and an increase in sugarcane productivity. Growers generally have two main options for managing their fallow; 1) bare fallow or 2) rotational crop. A bare fallow predominantly involves the use of tillage or herbicides to keep the block free of weeds and volunteer cane. Growing a rotational crop generally uses legumes like soybeans or cowpeas because of their soil health and nitrogen benefits.

This paper looks into some of these methods and the flow on effects on farm profitability. Fallow management should never be viewed in isolation, as it is an integral part of the cane farming system. In this analysis we will investigate the effect of fallow management and farming system practices on the whole of farm profitability. There are many factors to consider when looking at different fallow management options. These include the type of farming system practices used and the suitability of a legume crop to a particular situation. Legume crops may not be suited to all situations, therefore it is recommended to consult with your local agronomist for more specific advice. One method of examining the options is to work through an example. In this case we will look at four options that are based on some common fallow management and farming system practices used in the Herbert region.

Item Type:Monograph (Technical Report)
Projects:Future cane Program, SRDC, DPI, BSES Limited.
Additional Information:© The Sugar Research and Development Corporation. The State of Queensland, Department of Primary Industries 2006.
Keywords:Fallow management; farming systems; farm profitability; legume crops.
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Farm economics. Farm management. Agricultural mathematics
Plant culture > Field crops
Live Archive:01 Mar 2012 00:18
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:49

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