Choosing Rotation Crops - North
Published: 3 Mar 2011
Northern region grain growers have embraced crop rotations for the benefits they offer for producers operating within an increasingly challenging cropping environment.
More and more growers are understanding there are no quick fixes for many of the region’s grain growing challenges and are turning to a farming system approach hinging on crop sequencing, herbicide rotations, integrated weed and pest management (IWM and IPM) and practices such as minimum tillage that promote soil health.
Growing a diversity of crops, particularly where machinery can be readily adapted, also allows growers to spread marketing risks and capitalise on market-driven crop prospects. Growers can design a farming system that effectively uses available soil moisture and takes advantage of seasonal opportunities.
- 1.32 mb Choosing Rotation Crops Fact Sheet: Short-term profits, long-term payback Crop rotations, particularly those that include nitrogen-fixing pulses, are forging a permanent place in northern region farming systems. A break from winter cereals can provide for the long-term insect, weed and disease management benefits and short-term potential profits.
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