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Soils at crossroads: legumes or low protein

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Lower than expected protein levels in last year's winter crop should prompt growers across the northern grains region to reconsider soil nitrogen strategies for 2013... Matthew Gardner, NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) research agronomist says wheat protein levels have dropped over the last three seasons due to high yields, flooding and under-use of legumes and nitrogen fertilisers... Photo Caption: Matthew Gardner, NSW DPI research agronomist, Tamworth says growers aiming for high protein levels need to pay careful attention to sources of soil nitrogen including fertiliser and legumes...