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soil knowledge

Catalogue: GRDC 2014 Research Summaries
The main needs identified by soil scientists and those needing to use soil science knowledge are; having a strong grounding in soil knowledge and skills to tackle diverse problems by integrating their knowledge of pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics and soil biology, be able to integrate this with other discipline knowledge relevant to agriculture and use this to apply relevant solutions, this should involve developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and have the communication and report writing skills to report the solutions they have found... The project will find out what are the core body of knowledge and skills needed by soil scientist and advisors who give advice to growers in the grains industry... The soil science core body of knowledge (CBoK) will be based on feedback from community surveys and industry workshops, which include academics, consultants, industry advisors and growers...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
We applied the tools to two case study catchments in Western Australia (WA) and showed that by taking account of soil type and seasonal influences on crop yield potential, gains of $2-40/ha are possible... We used simulated estimates of wheat yield potential generated by the decision making tool, APSIM, from the past 30 seasons at locations in the Western Australian (WA) central wheat belt (Kellerberrin) and northern agricultural region (Mingenew), run over a wide range of soil types from each district... The author believes there would be merit in assessing the gains in better use of these technologies versus the issue covered in this project - better matching of nutrients to yield goals...
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