Making fertiliser investment count

Author: Sarah Jeffrey | Date: 20 Jan 2015

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is banding together with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) to help growers maximise productivity gains through targeted fertiliser use.

A series of one-day workshops being convened across Queensland and New South Wales aims to equip growers with the knowledge and skills to maximise the benefits of fertiliser investment by correctly matching application rates to crop nutrient requirements whilst accounting for soil nutrient reserves.

The sessions will cover topics such as the incorporation of soil testing and tissue sampling into crop nutrition planning, understanding the soil nutrition and physical characteristics of paddocks and managing their variability, and the development of nutrient management budgets for long term soil fertility.

Delivered by Chris Dowling from Back Paddock Company, the grower workshops will be held in Clifton on February 10, Jandowae February 11, Wandoan February 12, Millmerran February 13, Warialda March 24, Rowena March 25 and Westmar March 26.

The workshops are part of the northern region’s Nutrition - Training and Extension project for the GRDC-funded More Profit from Crop Nutrition II (MPCN II) Initiative.

A similar round of workshops was held in Central Queensland late last year, prompting growers like Lee Jones, Rolleston, to reassess his soil testing procedures and interpretation of critical nutrient values.

Mr Jones manages 4000 hectares of farming country for Lindsay Fairweather at The Crescent east of Rolleston and Deepwater near Bauhinia, producing wheat, chickpeas, sorghum and mungbean on Coolibah river flats and Brigalow scrub soils.

“I attended a workshop in Rolleston last November and after hearing Chris Dowling speak about soil testing procedures and nutrient critical values, I was keen to come home and apply this to our own situation,” Mr Jones said.

“The knowledge I gained from the workshop allowed me to inspect our previous soil test reports with confidence and determine the best path forward to maximise crop productivity.

“Chris was willing to inspect the soil tests results that I brought in and offer his opinion on a fertilising program to suit."

The Clifton workshop will be held at the Clifton Bowls Club; the Jandowae workshop will be held at the Jandowae Memorial Hall; the Wandoan workshop at the Wandoan Council Building; the Millmerran workshop at the Millmerran Bowls Club; the Warialda workshop at the Warialda Golf and Bowling Club; the Rowena workshop at the Rowena Hotel and the Westmar workshop at the Westmar Hall. All workshops run from 8:30am to 1:00pm.

RSVP is essential at least two days prior to the workshop date for catering purposes as morning tea and lunch will be provided. There is no cost for the workshops as they are covered through the GRDC levies.

To RSVP or for more information contact Jo Weier on 0427 231701 or


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