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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Farming 260 hectares at Yalca in northern Victoria, the Thorntons grow maize over summer, as well as wheat, barley, canola and faba beans over winter, all under surface irrigation... Ray works on average yields of 12 tonnes/ha for maize and says plant population is "king" in achieving yield targets... In August, Ray will spray weeds and in September will use the strip tiller to band phosphorus at 7 to 8cm and nitrogen at nearly 30cm below the soil surface, then sow maize later with a 'pop-up' or starter fertiliser...
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