Authors: Melissa Fraser
Rural Solutions SA, PIRSA, Struan 5271
Funded By: GRDC Sandy Soils CSP00203
Peer Review: Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI)
Key Words: soil constraints, spading, plozza plough, deep ripping, amelioration
- At Sherwood, soil disturbance and mixing with a rotary spader improved wheat yields by 0.4 t/ha above the unmodified control (1 t/ha) on a deep infertile sand in the year the intervention was applied.
- Spading a deep, compacted, acidic, water repellent sand at Malinong increased barley yields by 0.6 t/ha above the control (3.4 t/ha).
- Ripping to 30 cm or 40 cm had no positive impact on crop production at either site in 2019.
- All deep tillage treatments reduced compaction throughout the top 30 cm.
- Monitoring will continue in 2020 and 2021 to determine how long the treatment responses last, and to what degree, across multiple crop types and seasons.