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A simulation study of wheat crop response to water supply, nitrogen nutrition, stubble retention, and tillage

GJ O'Leary, DJ Connor

Crop and Pasture Science | Published : 1998


A series of simulations was made with a fallow{wheat crop simulation model to examine the effects of stubble retention and tillage on yield for 2 semi-arid environments in north-western Victoria over a 100-200-year period. The fallow treatments comprised 4 combinations of stubble management and tillage in 18-month-long fallows of a fallow{wheat rotation. The 2 sites are representative of the major soil types of the region: a chromic vertisol at Dooen and a calcic xerosol at Walpeup. Stubble retention had the greatest effect on yield, providing a median increase of 0·8 and 0·6 t/ha at Dooen and Walpeup, respectively. Zero tillage had an importantbut small advantage in the presence of stubble ..

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