Break Crops – Vetch as a Brown Manure in Rankins Springs, Western NSW

Break Crop Vetch as a brown manure: Michael Pfitzner Overview: The Pfitzner family has been farming in the Rankins Springs district since the 1960’s. They originally ran a mixed farm enterprise with cropping and sheep. They farm 2800 hectares of red sandy loam country with a pH of 5.2 with an average yearly rainfall of 350 – 400mm. Their cropping program...
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Break Crops – Growing Field Peas in Parkes, Central Western NSW

Break crops in stubble retained cropping systems – Best practice guide for CWFS districts. Farmer Case Studies Case Study 1: North Parkes mine – using peas to manage weeds and improve soil nitrogen. Property manager: Geoff McCallum Property size: 4000 ha Soil type: Clay and red soils. Average rainfall: 450-530mm pa North Parkes mine is located approximately 50 kms North...
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Oats as a Break Crop in Condobolin, Central Western NSW

McDonald Brothers, Condobolin – The role of oats as a break crop and in establishing lucerne based pastures in maintaining profitable wheat yields. Property owners: Graham, Marjorie, David, Jennifer and James McDonald. Enterprises: Cropping and sheep (Merinos and white Suffolk). Soil type: Red loam. Soil pH: 4.5 to 5.5 Average rainfall: 600mm pa The McDonalds farm approximately 3000 ha of...
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Using Field Peas and Lupins as Break Crops in Lake Cargelligo, Central Western NSW

Case study 3: Derrick Davis use of field peas and lupins as break crops. Farming at Lake Cargelligo Property size: 10,000 ha. pH: 7 red loam/clay Average rainfall: 400mm The Davis’s annually grow approximately 6000 hectares of wheat, 2000 hectares of lupins and field peas and leave 1000 hectares long fallow. They like to use Sturt field peas in their rotations as...
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