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Slowly, slowly trials for fertiliser efficiency

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Three men with farming machinery (From left) For Jamie, George and Hugh Leishman, a novel fertiliser coating from Thailand might help to lift productivity in their cropping program at Streatham in Victoria's western district, and provide the basis for an off-farm business venture that offers a possible solution to the age-old problem of succession planning... George commissioned trials to test whether a novel fertiliser coating from Asia could lift yields in wheat and barley at Southern Farming Systems' (SFS) Westmere site, about 10km from where he farms 1300 hectares with his father Jamie and brother Hugh... George's keen interest in the coating was encouraged by other research around the world that shows making urea a slow-release fertiliser can reduce nitrogen losses to the environment and improve the efficiency of plant nutrient uptake...
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