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MySoil is a simple diagnostic tool designed to improve identification of soil types.
In the Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA) kabuli chickpea is a high value industry producing large seeded, high quality grain for domestic and export markets.
Lupin species were present in Western Australia as early as the 1850s. They initially spread on uncultivated land and were thought to have little value.
Lupins are a critical component of a uniquely Western Australian farming system, the wheat:lupin rotation.
Soil wetting agents reduce the effects of repellence by lowering the surface tension of the water which improves infiltration.
Furrow sowing forms micro-relief, small ridges and furrows, into which water can be harvested.
Water repellence develops when there is an accumulation of hydrophobic organic substances in a susceptible soil. Hydrophobic compounds are derived from plant and microbial sources.
Water repellence results in uneven wetting of soil in autumn which can result in patchy and staggered crop and pasture emergence. Sandy soils are particularly susceptible.
Wheat is highly susceptible to frost damage between ear emergence and flowering – often termed reproductive frost.
Brome grass (Bromus diandrus and B. rigidus) is one of the most competitive grass weeds in wheat.