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Catalogue: Ground Cover
The race to get the winter wheat in and up is an increasing challenge for Western Australian grower Nick Gillett, who farms 9000 hectares at Bencubbin, north-east of Perth... Farm owners: Nick and Tryphena Gillett Location: Bencubbin, Western Australia Farm size: 9000 hectares of arable land Farm manager: Nick Gillett Rainfall: 310 millimetres (growing season: 225mm) Soil type: 50 per cent mallee; 30 per cent heavy clay; 20 per cent sand and gravel Soil pH: from 4.5 to 8.5 (continuous liming program to reach a minimum topsoil pH of 6) Crops: 5000ha wheat, 2000ha barley and 2000ha of fallow, canola and pasture.. Nick says dry conditions at season's end (late spring) can now be pretty much guaranteed, so for the farm to be profitable and sustainable, timely crop emergence under marginal conditions needs to be improved...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Farm owners: Nick and Tryphena Gillett Location: Bencubbin, Western Australia Farm size: 9000 hectares of arable land Farm manager: Nick Gillett Rainfall: 310 millimetres (growing season: 225mm) Soil type: 50 per cent mallee; 30 per cent heavy clay; 20 per cent sand and gravel Soil pH: from 4.5 to 8.5 (continuous liming program to reach a minimum topsoil pH of 6) Crops: 5000ha wheat, 2000ha barley and 2000ha of fallow, canola and pasture.. Nick says dry conditions at season's end (late spring) can now be pretty much guaranteed, so for the farm to be profitable and sustainable, timely crop emergence under marginal conditions needs to be improved... Yield data, collected since 2003 and from typical seasons, will be used for zoning, as will Precision SoilTech soil testing, nutrient analysis from CSBP (a division of Wesfarmers) and local knowledge, Nick says...
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