Count the cost of wide rows.. The widespread adoption of minimum and zero tillage farming systems in the north has been a driving force behind the practice of widening row spacings which enable some growers to better handle stubble loads, reduce machinery and planting costs, and maximise soil water infiltration and storage... Although row spacing is relatively simple to change, the effect on the whole farm system can be complex and can influence grain yield, timeliness of sowing, machinery choice, residual herbicide choice, seed and fertiliser costs, weed management, development of herbicide resistance, and the configuration of other crops sown within the farming system...
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