Managing heavy clay soils to improve grain cropping in a high rainfall environment
Published: 3 May 2018
Grower solutions for coastal/Hinterland QLD and NSW North Coast
2018 Practice change case study
Fred Faulkner and Paul Fleming have made changes to their farming practices to manage their heavy clay soils.
- used existing machinery to create permanent single row hills renovated after harvest
- reduces tillage and limits traffic in the crop growing zone
- adds organic matter via poultry manure; and
- retains stubble and utilises green manure crops
- laser levelled and implemented a well designed drainage plan to remove excess water
- created permanent raised beds (two or four rows on top of the beds) that accommodate a range of crops and machinery
- uses GPS guidance for controlled traffic
- maintains groundcover on the beds to keep soil covered
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GRDC Project Code: DAQ00204
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