Managing micronutrient deficiencies in cropping systems of eastern Australia

This project will address these increasing concerns and speculation in a three pronged approach for all six micronutrients named in the tender (Mn, Zn, Cu, B, Mo, Fe) for all cropping regions in Australia except for those in WA. This project will liaise closely with a separate bid being prepared by Dr Ross Brennan of DAFWA to address issues in WA specifically, should that bid be successful. This project will produce clear guidelines for management of micronutrient disorders for the major crops in the southern and northern regions of GRDC based on existing knowledge which has been objectively tested for its relevance to modern cropping systems and modernised for current technologies and economic circumstances where necessary.


14 Oct 2016

Copper Trial - Wheat Temora 2014

Temora, NSW, 2014

A range of delivery strategies for Cu were evaluated at this site, and these were assessed as responses in establishment, youngest expanded blade (YEB) dry weight, shoot dry weight, grain yield, screenings and grain protein concentration. The nutrient concentrations in the YEBs were assessed as well.

Mean site yield was 1.9 t/ha, YEB Cu concentrations are within the range of 2.5 to 3.7, which is above the critical values of 1.5-2.0 mg/kg given in Reuter and Robinson.

There were no statistically significant differences due to the treatments.

Site selected for reported history of copper deficiency. Collaboration with FarmLink Research (field operations and communication) and Charles Sturt University (field assessments).

Trial site summary: 54 plots x 12m treated length x 2m centres (1.5m wide plots). 17 treatments, 11 treatments x 4 reps and 5 x 2 reps (see Table).
Rainfall for the 2014 growing season was 91mm, the long term mean for the same period is 270mm (nearest BOM station data).

Table 1: Treatment list for Cu trial in Temora, NSW. 2014.

Soil test results
Table 2: 0 – 10cm for reps 1 to 4 (Cu, Temora, NSW)