Legumes offer a partial solution to the issues of increasing fertiliser costs and nutrient deficiency plaguing many northern farms, according to University of Queensland principal research fellow Mike Bell.
Dr Bell, who heads up the Soils and Farming Systems research team at UQ’s Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), said many farmers in the north were not getting their nutrient inputs right, and solving the problem could mean rethinking their entire cropping systems.
"Legumes offer a solution in that area because they are a way of getting nitrogen into the cropping system to then allow us to divert money being spent on nitrogen for sorghum and wheat, into phosphorus, potassium and sulfur," Dr Bell said.
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Dr Michael Bell, Principal Research Fellow - Agronomy and Farming Systems, University of QLD
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