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The 'Catch More, Store More, Grow More' project, funded by GRDC, focuses on maximising water use efficiency in a mixed farming system. Although a no-till, stubble retained, controlled traffic system is generally viewed as the 'ideal' system for maximising water use efficiency, grower feedback has indicated two main reasons for the low adoption of such a system in this region. These include:
The project therefore aims to quantify the water use efficiencies achievable through a no-till, stubble retained, controlled traffic system and the limitations or trade-offs imposed when a component/s of this sytem is altered, eg. through grazing or burning. To do this, a trial site has been established near Temora on a red earth soil. The site is managed under a controlled traffic system, sown with knife points and press wheels on 300mm row spacing. The trial is structured as follows:
An additional trial has also been included at the site focusing on management of the lucerne phase prior to returning to crop, and how this impacts on crop water use efficiency. The trial measures the impact of grazing and cultivation of the lucerne prior to cropping, as follows:
Click the PDF icon below for the latest Yield Prophet report (simulating real-time crop growth & yield potential) for the 'Catch More, Store More, Grow More' trial site.
Yield Prophet Reports (157 KB)