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Author: Alisa Bryce and Wayne Pluske

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  • Ripping duplex soils may reduce waterlogging
    Ripping duplex soils may reduce waterlogging
    Author: Alisa Bryce and Wayne Pluske, 21 Jul 2021

    Evidence from trials and growers suggests ripping non-dispersive duplex soils can help reduce waterlogging.

  • How to minimise wind erosion after soil amelioration
    How to minimise wind erosion after soil amelioration
    Author: Alisa Bryce and Wayne Pluske, 15 Dec 2020

    Severe wind events in the Western Australian grainbelt in 2020, especially in May, demonstrated that wind erosion after summer/autumn soil amelioration is a serious problem. Both ameliorated and non-ameliorated paddocks blew, but community attention focused on recently ameliorated and exposed soil.

  • Improving crop establishment in non-wetting soil
    Improving crop establishment in non-wetting soil
    Author: Alisa Bryce and Wayne Pluske, 09 Dec 2020

    Long-term fixes to non-wetting soils, such as inverting, mixing and claying by ploughing, spading, delving and clay spreading, are expensive and unlikely to be implemented across a grower's whole non-wetting area in one or even several seasons. Shorter-term and strategies can be used on some parts of the farm while growers simultaneously fix non-wetting issues using longer-term approaches on other areas of a property.

  • Knife-point benefits vary when alleviating compaction
    Knife-point benefits vary when alleviating compaction
    Author: Alisa Bryce and Wayne Pluske, 01 Dec 2020

    Benefits from using knife-points to alleviate compaction will be small and will vary with soil type, conditions, machine set-up and depth of compaction. They will not de-compact or mix soil as effectively as dedicated implements.

  • Comparing lime sources
    Comparing lime sources
    Author: Alisa Bryce and Wayne Pluske, 10 Oct 2020

    From a return on investment (ROI) point of view, the ‘best’ lime is the cheapest one that achieves a given increase in soil pH. It is important to work out the best lime for your situation by considering lime effectiveness and costs (product, transport and application), because they vary considerably.

  • Pros and cons of deep ripping on an angle
    Pros and cons of deep ripping on an angle
    Author: Alisa Bryce and Wayne Pluske, 05 Sep 2020

    Deep ripping on an angle can improve machinery trafficability in many situations, as well as boosting crop emergence. But there is a price to pay in terms of machinery wear and tear.

  • Using ground-based EM and radiometrics to map soil amelioration
    Using ground-based EM and radiometrics to map soil amelioration
    Author: Alisa Bryce and Wayne Pluske, 29 Jul 2020

    Ground-based electromagnetic and radiometric surveys can be useful tools for mapping soil issues and amelioration options over large areas.

  • Early to mid-tillering is optimum time to check crop roots
    Early to mid-tillering is optimum time to check crop roots
    Author: Alisa Bryce and Wayne Pluske, 22 Apr 2020

    The best time to check crop root growth for potential issues is early to mid-tillering.

  • Stop and think about any prior soil works before you spray for weeds
    Stop and think about any prior soil works before you spray for weeds
    Author: Alisa Bryce, Wayne Pluske, 21 Apr 2020

    If soil renovation has been done recently it may require a change in herbicide strategies.

  • Can you apply UAN and wetting agents with the seed?
    Can you apply UAN and wetting agents with the seed?
    Author: Alisa Bryce and Wayne Pluske, 26 Mar 2020

    Research is being conducted into placing UAN and wetting agents with seeds.

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