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Nitrogen decisions for cereal crops: a risky and personal business

D Chen, Robert Farquharson, Yong Li, De Li Liu, Thiagarajah Ramilan

INI | Published : 2016


Cereal crops principally require Nitrogen (N) and water for growth. Fertiliser economics are important because of the cost at sowing with expectation of a financial return after harvest. The production economics framework can be used to develop information for ‘best’ fertiliser decisions. But the variability of yield responses for rainfed production systems means that fertiliser decisions are a risky business. How do farmers make such decisions, and can economics give any guidance? Simulated wheat yield responses to N fertiliser applications show tremendous variation between years or seasons. There are strong agronomic arguments for a Mitscherlich equation to represent yield responses. Plots..

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