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Soil water storage explains yield surprises

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More than 1000 Australian soils have been characterised for plant-available water capacity (PAWC)... The GRDC-funded project 'Measuring and managing soil water in Australian agriculture' is working with groups of consultants and growers across the country to characterise soils for PAWC and discuss how this information can be used to inform management decisions in farm businesses... CSIRO's Canberra-based principal research scientist Dr Kirsten Verburg says when rain did not arrive in spring, growers may have underestimated the volume of water remaining in their soil following a wet start to the winter grains season...
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