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No. 163 August 2005 p.40-42
Balance nitrogen and water supply to lift yields
Significant nitrogen exists in the soil but until the crop and pasture residues are broken down by soil micro-organisms, the nitrogen remains unavailable for plant use. This article details how soil nitrogen becomes available to plants and how better matching of nitrogen and water supplies can optimise crop yields.
By Jeff Baldock

No. 162 July 2005 p.45
Bacteria essential for crop nitrogen supply
Soil microbes play an essential role in supplying nutrients to crops. This article outlines the role nitrifying bacteria play in supplying nitrate nitrogen to plants, together with the soil management and environmental factors which affect this process.
By: Gupta Vadakattu

No. 161 June 2005 p. 48-50
Rural towns seek salinity solution in desalination
Salinity is costing Australia millions of dollars each year in lost crops and damaged infrastructure. But innovative research and co-operation are paving the way to better management of rural water resources. This article details an exciting project to desalinate saline water in the Western Australian wheatbelt.

No. 160 May 2005 p. 36-37
Nurture sands to stimulate soil microbes
Many producers neglect sandy soils believing they have poor yield potential and are not worth valuable fertiliser inputs. But as this article shows, encouraging microbes in sandy soils by retaining crop residues can lift yield potential, while improving structural stability.
By Gupta Vadakattu and Janet Paterson

No. 160 May 2005 p. 7-9
Native food industry set to expand

While Australia’s Aboriginal population has been feasting on native foods for centuries, ‘bush tucker’, as it is colloquially known, is now establishing itself as a gourmet food worldwide. This article outlines the emergence of a cohesive Australian native foods industry and the steps needed to make it successful.
By Sally Holt re Maarten Ryder

No. 159 April 2005 p. 55-57
Saline water disposal next step in drainage debate
Many Western Australian farmers frustrated with the limited value of plant-based solutions to the dryland salinity crisis have been overjoyed at the ability of engineered drainage systems to reclaim previously unproductive farm land. But further research is required to clarify the potential downstream impacts of drainage schemes.
By Janet Paterson re Tom Hatton

No. 158 March 2005 p.33
Manage carbon to sustain soil structure
Soil organic carbon plays a critical role in the biological, chemical and physical health of a soil. But little is known about how crop management impacts on soil organic carbon levels and thus soil health. This article describes how a new approach to understanding this relationship could help farmers better manage soil organic carbon.
by Jan Skjemstad, CSIRO Land and Water and CRC for Greenhouse Accounting

No. 158 March 2005 p.38-40
Variety choice key to successive wheat yields
When combined with minimum tillage, intensive wheat rotations can provide significant financial and environmental benefits but some growers have experienced yield losses in second and subsequent wheat crops. This article details how the discovery of the yield constraint in sequential wheat crops will lead to more reliable grain yields.
by David Roget

No. 157 February 2005 p.48-50
Poor water use in wheat an international phenomenon
A CSIRO international analysis has found wheat crops in low-rainfall areas across the globe commonly fail to realise their yield potential because of low water-use efficiency. This article examines why crops in south-eastern Australia yield only half their potential and what farmers can do to improve water-use efficiency in wheat.
by Victor Sadras, CSIRO Land and Water and John Angus, CSIRO Plant Industry

No. 157 February 2005 p.51
Rhizoctonia a disease menace for many crops
Rhizoctonia root rot of wheat is caused by the fungus, Rhizoctonia solani, and is a major disease of wheat crops across southern Australia — causing an estimated $77 million each year in lost production. This article details how Rhizoctonia operates in farming systems and the management tools that can be used to control the fungus.
by Gupta Vadakattu (CSIRO Land and Water) and Janet Paterson, Kondinin Group

No. 157 February 2005 p.58-59
Fences no boundary to salinity solution
One way farmers gather information about land management strategies is to look over the fence and see what their neighbours are doing. This article details an exciting new project which will enable producers to look across a virtual on-line fenceline to improve management of deep drainage and salinity issues on-farm.
by Paul Hutchinson

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