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Moisture probes put hard data into crop planning

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Moisture probes put hard data into crop planning.. Bruce says he installed the probes for three reasons: to assess how much moisture is in the profile to help with crop planning; to ensure nitrogen is not wasted on crops that do not have sufficient subsoil moisture to support additional biomass production; and to assist with marketing decisions - as an accurate picture of available moisture will help, particularly if they forward sell their grain... Bruce says the controlled-traffic farming system, introduced in 2006, has several benefits including: a 20 per cent reduction in fuel use; better soil structure, improving water infiltration and plant root development; better paddock access enabling more timely applications; and the ability to more easily implement inter-row planting of crops into the previous year's stubble...