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Catalogue: GRDC Updates (West)
Farm businesses that either prospered or coped best over a period of low rainfall years in the North East Agriculture Region were farms that cropped more than 50% of their farm area, had some diversity in their enterprise mix but most importantly achieved relatively high average wheat yields... The resilience of farm businesses in the north-eastern agricultural region Western Australian is described... The business performance of 123 farms from 2004 to 2009 is examined...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
The objective of the paper is to examine the relative contribution of soil biological attributes, including organic carbon to crop production using Western Australian (WA) farming systems as an example... Identifying Soil Constraints to Crop Production Environmental indicators are measures of physical, chemical, biological or socio-economic characteristics which reflect changes in processes, properties or function - with different attributes required for different land uses... In the trial, the microbial biomass (measured to 30 cm depth) contained the equivalent of 192 kg/ha urea (stubble retained) and 146 kg/ha urea (stubble burnt) - a significant source of potentially plant available N. These results illustrate that regular inputs of organic residues promote both a larger but also more active microbial community...
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