fbpx
BioAg Leaf Icon

BioAg
Demonstration

Location
Town, State, Country
Conducted by
Company

Yenda rice demonstration 2012

Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.

Demonstration aim

To assess and measure pasture dry matter response over time, comparing BioAg treatments (annual and biennial) with annual treatments of single super phosphate (SSP).

Method

The trial site selected and soil tested in 2014 and then again in 2018 to look at nutrient run-down Treatments were then applied (hand spread) based on district standard treatment (125kg/ha SSP – 11kg phosphorus (P) per hectare per year):

  • Nil
  • SSP – annual application
  • Superb – annual application
  • Superb – biennial application
  • BioAgPhos – annual application
  • BioAgPhos  – biennial application

The trial site did offer the opportunity to include 6 other replicated treatments; these were used to research other treatments and had no impact on the aim, purpose or conclusions of the trial.

Plots were mown on a cut and carry basis (i.e. all mown material was removed from plots). No stock grazing was allowed although there was some accidental grazing from lambs in the spring of 2016 – two cuts were lost.

Treatments were re-applied as needed on an annual or biennial basis. Total of 22 cuts were taken over a 4 year period finishing in the autumn of 2018. Forage quality tests were also taken in the spring of 2017.

Yield results per treatment per year (T/Ha)
Planning
Objective
Growers to have a plan in place for the cropping season, that takes into account the specific nature of their soils while meeting the needs of budget, planned future rotations, crop yield and quality and long term objectives on soil quality.
Activity
Book a soil test and consultation with your local BioAg Representative
BioAg Product
Prior to sowing
Objective
Provide optimal soil conditions and nutrition to support crops. Prepare soils for the period of the rotation addressing soil structure, chemistry (eg pH) and nutrition.
Activity
When applying ameliorants support crops through the entire season by including sustained release phosphate , at a rate based on soil phosphate levels and depending on the needs of your crop and future amelioration plans.
BioAg Product
BioAgPhos: 100 – 500kg/ha

“A soil test is a low-cost and highly effective management tool that will identify impediments to your production goals.”

Crookwell pasture trial cuts in field

Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.

Results

At the end of the trial the two Superb treatments produced more dry matter than SSP. SSP produced the third-highest amount of dry matter, better than both BioAgPhos treatments while all treatments out-performed the nil treatment. The treatments containing Sulfur (SSP and the two Superb treatments) were significantly better than the straight phosphate products (BioAgPhos).

Conclusion

Dry matter production on the plots receiving a biennial (every second year) application of Superb was the highest, however not statistically different than for annual applications of either Superb or SSP. The trials aims were achieved and showed that both annual and biennial applications were as effective as SSP in the production of dry matter. The trial also highlighted the benefit of fertiliser in growing additional feed, and that the use of fertiliser was more economical than the buying of feed. The cost of feed production was lowest with biennial applications of Superb.

BioAg Leaf Icon

Download demonstration

For the full demonstration, including methods, results and conclusion, download here.