Stubble retention across the farms of central western NSW has become common practice for local farmers. The 2013 CWFS farmer survey (47 farmers covering 207,000 ha) highlighted that 70% of the producers regularly maintained stubble cover over the summer period, while the remaining 20% maintained their fallows by cultivation alone. Canola is one of the most commonly used break crops in central western NSW where wheat is the primary crop grown. Some canola establishment issues under wheat stubble’s in the local area has identified a need for research into this issue.
It is widely accepted that there are 3 concurrent triggers for profitable Canola production in the region.
During the year of 2013 the trial was conducted at three locations- Rankin Springs, Wirrinya and Tullamore.
The trials aimed to investigate the impact the different stubble treatments imposed towards the end of the fallow have on the establishment and yield of canola.
Image sourced from Trial report
The trial was made up of four ranges and four rows with four replicates. The four treatments were standing, burnt, mulched and cultivated stubble. The plot size was 10 meters wide by 40 meters long, running between the co-operators tram tracks. The plots were sown by the farmer as part of their commercial canola planting program.
There was a significant yield difference between the various stubble treatments. At Wirrinya the burnt and cultivated treatments with yields of (2.55 t/ha) and (2.19 t/ha) respectively yielded significantly higher than the mulched 1.68 t/ha.
At Rankins Springs the burnt and cultivated treatments with yields of (1.23 t/ha) and (1.2 t/ha) respectively yielded significantly higher than the mulched treatment (1.02 t/ha) and standing (1.02 t/ha) treatments.
Key points to take home
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