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Subsoil manuring produces no measurable change in soil or yield in irrigated vegetable production in the first year after treatment
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-21, 14:50 authored by John McPheeJohn McPhee, Geoffrey DeanGeoffrey Dean, Chapman, TC, Marcus HardieMarcus Hardie, Stephen CorkreyStephen Corkrey
The expansion of irrigation infrastructure in Tasmania, Australia, has led to intensified irrigated crop production, including for vegetables. This has resulted in increased irrigation of texture contrast soils, and other soils with high clay content in the subsoil. Widely used for rain-fed grain production in other parts of Australia, these soils have been subject to a range of soil amelioration approaches in an effort to improve their soil physical characteristics and capacity to produce crops. Subsoil manuring – the process of placing organic soil ameliorants at a target depth using a specially modified deep ripper – has proven to be successful in increasing yields of rain-fed grain crops. Locally available organic materials (chicken manure and poppy seed meal) were placed in the upper zone of a clay subsoil at three sites used for irrigated vegetable production. The crops grown were green peas for processing and carrots for seed production. Normal grower management practices were the reference against which treatments were compared. Subsequent measurements showed no consistent or significant benefit from subsoil manuring one year after treatment under the soil and crop management conditions used in this research.
Department of Agriculture
Publication titleSoil and Tillage Research
Department/SchoolTasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)
PublisherElsevier Science Bv
Place of publicationPo Box 211, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1000 Ae
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