More Profit from Crop Nutrition

Better Fertiliser Decisions for Cropping icon - stylised map of Australia with green dots indicating the cropping regions of Australia. The bottom half is superimposed over a photo of a paddock.

Fertiliser applications are the largest single variable expense for grain growers producing a crop (13% of total costs in 2010-11; ABARES 2011), but nutrition (e.g. nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur and micronutrients) is a major determinant of profit. More Profit from Crop Nutrition phase II (MPCN II) builds on previous Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) by the grains industry (i.e. GRDC, state and federal agencies, fertiliser companies and agribusiness).

The program aims to improve the return on investment from fertiliser inputs by improving the nutrient use efficiency of crops, improving the capacity of soils to supply nutrients, reducing the soils propensity to lose or lock-up nutrients and develop improved fertiliser product formulation and design including the use of potentially valuable low cost and waste inputs.

MPCN program goals

  1. Increased adoption of nutrition knowledge across Australia.
  2. Improved coordination of communication and extension across the grains and fertiliser industries.
  3. Improved tools that are used by grain growers and advisers to improve nutrient use efficiency.
  4. Documentation of emerging ideas and capacity challenges.

Program outcomes

  1. Make nutrient use efficiency traits available to plant breeders in adapted backgrounds.
  2. Better match N, P, K and S inputs to meet crop demand and minimise losses and tie-up.
  3. Make better use of micro-nutrients to correct deficiencies and enhance crop yield .
  4. Develop and test new fertiliser products and adjuvants.
  5. Provide information to growers to make effective fertiliser decisions.
  6. Coordination of a program with a lasting legacy of analysed, reported and published information.

Current Projects

Project_IDProjectContract StartContract Finish
BWD00021Extension and training (southern region)1/07/201230/06/2017
CSA00032Improving nutrient use efficiency in wheat - CSIRO engagement of Postdoctoral Fellow, GRDC Western Region1/03/201329/02/2016
CSA00036Analysis frameworks to support profitable fertiliser use1/09/201231/08/2016
CSA00037Reassessing the value and use of fixed nitrogen1/07/201230/06/2015
CSP00165Phosphorus use efficiency: Rhizosheath project1/09/20121/09/2015
DAN00165Program Coordination & Communication25/06/201230/06/2017
DAN00166Making Better Fertiliser Decisions for Cropping Systems in Australia phase 225/06/201230/06/2017
DAN00168Regional soil testing guidelines for the Southern region1/07/201230/06/2017
DAQ00183Extension and training - North1/07/201230/06/2017
DAS00146Managing micronutrient deficiencies in cropping systems of eastern Australia1/04/201430/06/2017
DAS00147Benchmarking wheat yield against nitrogen use1/07/201430/06/2017
DAV00125Improving nitrous oxide abatement in higher rainfall cropping systems and developing N response curves1/07/201230/06/2015
DAW00222Regional soil testing and nutrient guidelines: West1/07/201230/06/2017
DAW00223Extension and Training: West1/07/201230/06/2017
DAW00239Managing micronutrient deficiencies in cropping systems of Western Australia.1/06/201430/06/2017
UA00139Tactical Foliar P Fertilisation of Dryland Crops1/03/20131/03/2016
UA00140An accurate soil test for available soil sulfur and potassium1/07/201230/09/2014
UMU00041Assessing the nutritional benefits of clay amendment and cultivation of sands1/07/201231/01/2016
UMU00042Managing Potassium Nutrition to Alleviate Crop Stress1/07/201230/06/2015
UNE00020Quantifying and understanding root variation in winter cereals30/06/201330/06/2016
UQ00061Fertilizer from Wastes Phase II1/07/201130/06/2015
UQ00063Regional soil testing guidelines for the northern grains region1/07/201230/06/2017
UQ00066Defining Nitrogen response surfaces for sorghum and canola in the northern grains region1/07/201230/06/2015
UQ00078Deep placement of nutrients1/05/201531/08/2019
UWA00156Nitrogen fertiliser response curves: Filling the gap for Western Australia1/07/201230/06/2015



Key contacts

Jan Edwards
Manager Farm Practices
02 6166 4500
[email protected]