Journal article

Nitrogen management to optimise canola production in Australia

RM Norton

CROP & PASTURE SCIENCE | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2016

Abstract

The expansion of canola production in Australia coincided with an increase in cropping intensity and a reduction in pastures and tillage. These changes mean that nitrogen (N) is often recognised as the most limiting nutrient in canola production, and is the largest single input cost for many growers. Canola responds to added N by producing larger plants that results in a longer leaf area duration, building a larger photosynthetic canopy for seed filling. Although the crop can compensate for poor early growth, a larger canopy is able to compete more effectively against weeds and helps reserve water for crop transpiration rather than soil evaporation. Nitrogen uptake is most rapid during stem ..

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