Legumes on Sands Trial Site SA
This project funded by the Murraylands and Riverland Landscapes Board is looking to improve legume production on sandy soils to reduce the risk of poor crop establishment and soil drift.
Specifically, the project aims to explore and develop methods and practices that will improve long-term groundcover retention in sandy soils where legumes are grown regularly in the rotation. This includes investigating which legume crops are most suitable to be grown on sandy soils and evaluation of management practices landholders could implement to maximise biomass and stubble generation and persistence.
Crop types include lupins, chickpeas, lentil, field peas, vetch and mixed species (vetch and canola). Deep ripping and improved crop nutrition are among the treatments being trialled.