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Crop agronomy - modelling

Crop agronomy - monitoring

Crop agronomy - pulses & oilseeds

Crop agronomy - warm season

Crop agronomy - wheat

Crop water loss

Environmental management

Farming systems


New crops & crop products

Nitrogen in rotations



Precision agriculture

Risk assessment & management

Soil constraints & management


Working with communities


The physiology of “stay-green” in sorghum
Andrew Borrell1, Erik Van Oosterom2, Graeme Hammer2,3, David Jordan1 and Andrew Douglas1

Breeding more productive grain crops - could selecting the right rooting traits help?
Vanessa Dunbabin1, Art Diggle2, Zdenko Rengel3, Gurjeet Gill4, Neville Mendham1

Genetic variation in tolerance to high concentrations of soil boron exists in lentil germplasm
Kristy Hobson1, Roger Armstrong2, David Connor3, Marc Nicolas3 and Michael Materne2

Crop agronomy - modelling

The impact of crop modelling on plant physiological research and breeding – an example.
Senthold Asseng1, Anthony van Herwaarden2, Tim L Setter3 and Jairo A Palta1

Adaptation of the APSIM-Wheat module to simulate the growth and production of wheat on hostile soils
Daniel Rodriguez1, and James Nuttall1,2

Variability in lupin yield due to climate in Western Australia
Imma Farre1*, Michael Robertson2, Senthold Asseng1, Robert J. French3, Miles Dracup4

On-farm testing of the Sirius Wheat Calculator for N fertiliser and irrigation management
Peter Jamieson, Tabitha Armour and Robert Zyskowski

Crop agronomy - monitoring

Improving crop production by the use of PAM: Potential benefits to Australian agriculture
Siva Sivapalan1

Crop monitoring in central-western NSW
Catherine Evans1, Rob Sanderson1, Richard Maccallum2 and Neil Fettell2

Early nitrogen uptake in canola in 2001
Margaret Evans1, Aimee McCutcheon1, Rob Norton2 and Steve Marcroft3

Crop agronomy - pulses & oilseeds

The response of lentil cultivars to sowing date and plant density in the southern Mallee of Victoria
Jason Brand, Roger Armstrong, Michael Materne and Greg Antonoff

Matching lupin cultivar to environment in Western Australia
Bob French1 and Mario D’Antuono2

The comparative growth, yield and water use of safflower, Linola™, mustard, canola and wheat in southern Australia
Nick Wachsmann1, Rob Norton1, David Jochinke1 and Sue Knights1

The role of phenology in adaptation of chickpea to drought
Jens Berger1, Neil C. Turner1,2, and Robert J. French2,3

Variation in yield of faba bean across southern Australia following rhizobial inoculation
Jo Slattery1, David Pearce1, Mary Raynes2, Di Carpenter3, Geoff Dean4 and Michael Materne2

Intercropping with canola improves the productivity and sustainability of field pea
1I.N.P. Soetedjo, 2L.D. Martin and 2A.J.V. Janes

Yield and seed discolouration of windrowed broad beans in Victoria
Trevor Bretag1, Mary Raynes1 and Liam Lenaghan2

Developing protocols to quantify biomass in commercial faba bean crops
Antony Swan1, Mark Peoples1, Timothy Crews2, Peter Matthews3 and Robert Forrester4

Poor growth of canola in retained wheat straw – causes and consequences
Sarah Bruce1,2, John Kirkegaard1 and Jim Pratley2

Crop agronomy - warm season

Intensity of the production system influences the impact of yield decline in sugarcane
Alan Garside1, Mike Bell2,3, John Berthelsen1 and Neil Halpin2,4

The impact of crop rotation on peanut productivity in rainfed cropping systems

Canopy development in phosphorus deficient sweet corn.
Andrew Fletcher1, Derrick Moot1 and Peter Stone2

Benefits of sub-surface application of nitrogen and water to trickle irrigated sugarcane
Peter Thorburn1, Jody Biggs1, Keith Bristow2, Heidi Horan1 and Neil Huth1

Crop growth and maturity in ultra narrow row and conventionally spaced cotton
Rose Roche1, 2, Michael Bange1, Stephen Milroy1, Graeme Hammer2, 3

Cold shock in early growth of cotton
Michael Bange and Stephen Milroy

Determinacy in cotton: measurement and potential implications
Stephen Milroy and Michael Bange

Accounting for cotton water use and productivity: A tool to estimate on-farm water use efficiencies
Sunil Tennakoon, Scott Johnston and Stephen Milroy

Evaluation of Sorghum in Western Australia
Andrea Hills1, Michael Robertson2, Don Gaydon2, David Hall1, Trevor Lacey1, Arjen Ryder1

Assessing the likelihood of the occurrence of low temperature damage in the NSW rice industry
Thusitha Gunawardena, Shu Fukai and Pax Blamey

Avoiding low temperature damage in Australia’s rice industry with photoperiod sensitive cultivars
T. C. Farrell123, K. Fox23, R. L. Williams23 S. Fukai12 and L. G. Lewin2

Optimisation of nitrogen supply from sugarcane residues in the wet tropics
Elizabeth Meier1,2, Peter Thorburn1, Mike Goodson3, Malcolm Wegener2 and Kaye Basford2

Crop agronomy - wheat

Breeding wheat lines for southern Australia according to three climatic mega-environments
Cherie Bell1,3 and Howard Eagles2,3

Successful high rainfall cropping in southern Australia using raised beds
Penny Riffkin and Pedro Evans

Crop yield response to pasture legumes in a pasture-crop rotation
Xianguang Zhang and Pedro M. Evans

Poor wheat crops following canola - a survey of farmers and agronomists
Megan H. Ryan1, Grace Taylor2 and John A. Kirkegaard1

The influence of climatic factors and crop nutrition on seed vigour in wheat
Darshan L. Sharma1 and Walter K. Anderson2

Durum wheat-a profitable crop for Western Australia
Shahajahan Miyan1 and Wal Anderson2

Necrotic tipping and yellowing of leaves in wheat (cv. Diamondbird) in southern New South Wales in 2001
BJ Scott1, KJ Schulze2, GM Murray1, PJ Martin1 and KA Wratten1

Yield and falling numbers of new wheat cultivars on the south coast of Western Australia
Mohammad Amjad1 and Wal Anderson2

Enhanced tolerance of high-p plants to environmental stresses is related to primary root diameter and potential root hydraulic conductivity for water and nutrient uptake
Dhananjay Singh1,2,3,4,5, Vijaya Singh2,4,5, Peter Sale2, Charles Pallaghy2 and Richard Routley1

Effect of previous crops on crown rot infection and yield of wheat
John Kirkegaard1, John Holland2, Kevin Moore2, Steven Simpfendorfer2, Rod Bambach2, Steve Marcroft3 and Grant Hollaway3

Water-soluble carbohydrates and yield in wheat
Anthony van Herwaarden1, Richard Richards2 and John Angus2

Crop water loss

Influence of small and large rainfall events on the water budget components of wheat crops
Victor Sadras

Performance of APSIM-Lucerne in Gansu, north-west China
Wen Chen1, Bill Bellotti1, Michael Robertson2, Zhi Biao Nan3, and Yuying Shen3

Effect of seeding rate on organic wheat production and ryegrass density in northeast Victoria.
V.F. Burnett, J.H. Schneider, F.W. Dempsey

Environmental management

Environmental Management Systems – new tools for plant-based solutions to salinity
Anna Ridley1, Tim Paramore2 and Eloise Seymour1

How can farmers and researchers measure sustainability?
Jim Scott

Ecological and productivity potential of native woody species in Australian cropping systems
Isa A. M. Yunusa and Philip J. Newton

Botanical diversity within two saline ecosystems in southwestern Australia
Hayley C. Norman, Robyn A. Dynes and David G. Masters

Reducing deep drainage through controlled runoff management in high recharge tablelands landscape
W.I. Packer1, D.L. Michalk2, S. Brisbane3, P.M. Dowling2, G.D. Millar2, W.McG. King2, D.R. Kemp3 and S.J. Priest2

Controlling nitrogen losses - can we learn from the European experience?
Doris Blaesing

Management options to minimise atrazine and metolachlor export from grain cropping areas
H. Sun, P.S. Cornish

Farming systems

Long-term farming systems analysis in the southern Mallee and northern Wimmera.
Liam Lenaghan1, Bobby Liston1 and Harm van Rees2

The effect of row configuration on yield reliability in grain sorghum: 1. Yield, water use efficiency and soil water extraction
Richard Routley1, Ian Broad2, Greg McLean2, Jeremy Whish3 and Graeme Hammer2

The effect of row configuration on yield reliability in grain sorghum: II. Modelling the effects of row configuration
Greg McLean1, Jeremy Whish2, Richard Routley3, Ian Broad1, and Graeme Hammer1


Rate of root growth in lucerne varies with soil type in Western Australia
P.J. Dolling1, P.R. Ward2, R.A. Latta3, A. Ryder4, S. Asseng2, M.J. Robertson5, P.S. Cocks1,6 and M.A. Ewing6

Conservative water use by lucerne
J.D. Hoffmann, P.L. Eberbach, J.A. Virgona and A. Katupitiya

Farmers’ experiences with the companion cropping of lucerne in North Central Victoria
Robert Harris1, Jeff Hirth1, Kieran Ransom2, Michael Crawford2 and Riad Naji3

Where should lucerne be grown in the Western Australian cropping zone?
Roy Latta

Performance of APSIM-Lucerne in South Australia
Muhammad Shafiq Zahid1,3, William Bellotti1,4 , Ann McNeill1,4 and Michael Robertson2

Attitudes and needs of grain growers to developing lucerne-based farming enterprises
Kieran Ransom1, Nicholas Bate1, Jeff Hirth2 and Michael Crawford1

Effect of lucerne density on soil moisture content during summer in southern NSW
J.M. Virgona

New crops & crop products

The growth and development of industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa) in central western New South Wales
Jack Cooper

A new temperate forage legume with great potential – breeding new cultivars of Hedysarum
David Lloyd1, Carolyn de Koning2, Steve Hughes3, Brian Johnson1, and Don McLachlan3

Crambe: A North Dakotan case study
Sue Knights

Biopolymers from crops: their potential to improve the environment
David Michael

Evaluation of agronomic characters of mulberry varieties in South East Queensland
Loko Anota, Madan Gupta and Doug George

Evaluation of improved lines of guayule (Parthenium argentatum Gray) for commercial rubber
Premawansa Dissanayake, Doug George and Madan Gupta

The search for alternative safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) cultivars adapted to southeastern Australia with improved marketability
David Jochinke1, Nick Wachsmann1, Sue Knights1, Trent Potter2 and Brian Field3

Nitrogen in rotations

Silage cutting and grass removal in the pasture phase, their effect on two consecutive cropping years
Dale Grey1, Michael Crawford2 and Micheal Wheeler3

Nitrogen benefits to wheat from pasture legumes in a low rainfall cropping system
Libby Roesner1 and Neil Fettell1

Simulating crop and soil processes in crop sequences in southern NSW
Julianne Lilley1, John Kirkegaard1, Michael Robertson2, Merv Probert2, John Angus1, Geoff Howe1

Soil N mineralisation following fallow, annual crops and perennial pastures
S. L. Ellis1,2, M. H. Ryan1, J. F. Angus1 and J. E. Pratley2


A system of prioritising organic wastes generated in Victoria
L. Evans and J. Maheswaran

A long-term study into compost applications for broadacre cropping
Josephine Stokes, Justine Cody, Jay Maheswaran

Agronomic and economic evaluation of weed management methods in organic herb and vegetable production systems
Paul Kristiansen, Brian Sindel and Robin Jessop


Hedysarum, a new temperate forage legume with great potential - Field Evaluation
Carolyn de Koning1, David Lloyd2, Steve Hughes1, Don McLachlan1, Graham Crocker3, Suzanne Boschma3 and Andrew Craig1

Perennial ryegrass survival through summer
Raquel Waller1, Peter Sale2 and Geoffrey Saul3

Are mixtures of annual pasture legumes more productive and persistent than monocultures on the low rainfall alkaline soils of southern Australia?
Jake Howie

Effect of different rates of dairy effluent on turnip DM yields and nutritive characteristics
Joe Jacobs and Graeme Ward

Effect of timing and intensity of drought on the seed yield of white clover (Trifolium repens L.).
Richard J. Martin, Richard N. Gillespie, Shane Maley, Maryann Robson.

Trifolium spumosum L. an exciting prospective legume for fine textured soils in Mediterranean farming systems
Angelo Loi1, Bradley Nutt2, Rochelle McRobb1, Stephen J. Carr1

The change in the proportions of annual legume species in response to the presence of lucerne and the addition of gypsum.
B.S. Dear1, R. Hayes1, G.A. Sandral1, A.D. Swan2, M.B. Peoples2, B.A. Orchard1, K.Y. Chan1, A. Oates1

Effects of pasture management and liming history on pasture and wheat performance in the central wheatbelt of Western Australia
Anyou Liu and Clinton Revell

Comparing sulfur sources for pastures on light sandy soils
Andrew Speirs1, David Harbison1, Peter Flavel1, and Chris Dyson2

Seasonal changes in feed quality of Dorycnium spp.
Simon R. Davies1 and Peter A. Lane1

Use of paired soil and plant tests to set soil fertility targets for subterranean clover-based pastures
Richard Simpson, David Marshall and Alan Richardson

Precision agriculture

Recurrence of yield and protein variation in the northern grains region
Rob Kelly1, Wayne Strong1, Troy Jensen1, David Butler1, Bill Town2 and Matthew Adams3

Precision agriculture solutions to underpin profitable land use change for a better environment: A case study in Western Australia
Mike T F Wong, Greg Lyle and Kathy Wittwer

A multivariate evaluation of sugarcane farm performance over time based on yield and commercial cane sugar
R. A. Lawes1,4, M.K. Wegener2, K. E. Basford3 and R.J. Lawn4

Detecting subsoil constraints on farms in the Murray Mallee
Garry O’Leary1, Dennis Ormesher2 and Michael Wells3

Determining zones for yield response to N fertiliser in a paddock with subsoil limitations, using electromagnetic induction techniques
Judith Pedler1, Mark Kentish2, Charlie Walker3, Rob Norton1, John Ferrier4, and John Angus5

Conceptual implications for water use of cereals derived from spatial variability in yield maps
Philip Newton1 and Brendan Williams2

Potential cost savings from variable rate technology in site specific crop management in the Victorian Mallee
Ben Jones1 and Fiona Best2

Risk assessment & management

Improving the confidence of dryland maize growers in the northern region by developing low-risk production strategies
Michael Robertson1, Shayne Cawthray2, Colin Birch3, Rod Bidstrup4 and Graeme Hammer5

Frost risk in New South Wales wheat belt
De Li Liu1, Brendan J Scott1, U.C. Pradhan2, Peter Martin1 and Chris Cole2

Economic benefits of climate risk management
Melissa Truscott

Soil constraints & management

The role of ‘boron tolerance’ in improving adaptation of cereals to highly alkaline subsoils.
Roger Armstrong, Ewan Letts, Fernanda Dreccer and Dianne Noy

The effects of salinity, sodicity and soluble boron on wheat yields in the Victorian southern Mallee.
James Nuttall1,2, Roger Armstrong1 and David Connor3

Salt tolerant lentils – a possibility for the future?
Laura Maher1, Roger Armstrong2 and David Connor3

Water use efficiency of wheat in a semi-arid environment
Damien Adcock and Ann McNeill

Yield and protein benefits from application of nitrogen fertiliser to wheat on upper Eyre Peninsula
Jon Hancock1, Dr Bob Holloway1, Dr Annie McNeill2 and Dr Glenn McDonald3

Phosphorus – Yield responses in wheat, canola and field peas grown at different soil Colwell P and PBI levels.
David Harbison1, Andrew Speirs1, Peter Flavel1, Ken Motley2 and Chris Dyson3

Lime response of winter crops on a duplex soil at Oolong in SE NSW
Ashley Mead1, Peter Dowling2, K Yin Chan3, Peter Hocking4, Brendan Scott3, David Michalk2, Matthew Newell1 and James Carney1


Development of a parasite module in APSIM - Case study: the parasitic weed Orobanche crenata infesting faba bean
A.M. Manschadi 1, E. Wang2, M.J. Robertson3, H. Meinke2, J. Sauerborn1

Trends in yielding ability and weed competitiveness of Australian wheat cultivars
Rebecca Coleman and Gurjeet Gill

Rethinking the management of serrated tussock, our worst perennial grass weed
Warwick B Badgery1, David R Kemp1, David L Michalk2 and Warren McG King2

Weed interference in soybean (Glycine max)
Irawati Chaniago1, Acram Taji2 and Robin Jessop3

Working with communities

Sisters are doing it for themselves
Brad Montgomery

Coordinated on-farm testing in the Wimmera.
Brooke Thompson, Chris Sounness

Farmers’ goals and values are knowable, but not simple. (And why farmers and researchers are like the odd couple)
Brett Robinson1,2, David Freebairn1, Kerry Bell3 and Samsul Huda2

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