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Cropping Systems for Sustainable Wheat Production

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A detailed look at wheat production from which crop to plant to sustaining the crop and harvesting.

Contents

  • Chapter 1: Cropping systems and rotations
    • Crop sequences
    • Legumes
    • Oilseeds
    • Opportunity cropping
    • Be aware of herbicides
    • Acid soils
    • Yield and profit
  • Chapter 2: Selecting a crop
    • What you need to consider
  • Chapter 3: Life in the soil
    • Microbes to encourage
  • Chapter 4: The Plant
    • Seed
    • Roots
    • Stems and leaves
    • Let the plant grow up and down
    • Growth stages and yield
    • Flowers and grain
  • Chapter 5: The seedbed and sowing
    • Preparing the seedbed
    • Cultivation methods
    • Limiting machinery and animal traffic
    • Advantages of reduced cultivation
    • Overcoming problems and costs of zero-tillage
    • Stubble
    • Sowing
  • Chapter 6: Soil structure and plant growth
    • Signs of problems
    • Suitable soils
    • Light soils
  • Chapter 7: Soil water
    • Stored moisture
    • Effecient use of water
    • Drought years
  • Chapter 8: Feeding the crop
    • Know what your crop needs
    • Stubble and nutrients
    • Nitrogen
    • Phosphorus
    • Potassium
    • Sulfur
    • Zinc
    • Plant tissue tests
  • Chapter 9: Weed control
    • Herbicides and tillage
    • Rotation
    • Fire
    • Stock
    • Weed control without chemicals
  • Chapter 10: Crop health
    • What causes diseases?
    • Common diseases of wheat
  • Chapter 11: Farm safety
    • Taking precaustions
    • Using chemicals
    • Contract labour
    • Tractor safety
    • Grain storage and handling
    • Sun and heat
    • Be prepared
    • Further information
  • Chapter 12: Harvesting
  • Chapter 13: Commonly asked questions (and answers)
  • Glossary
  • Appendix 1: Comparing yields of different cropping enterprises
  • Appendix 2: Climate and agriculture decision making
  • Appendix 3: Grain handling and storage
  • Agfacts:
    • E 3.10 Don't be suffocated by grain
    • E 3.7 Grain storage - grain sheds
    • E3.5 Grain storage - ground dumps
    • E 3.4 Grain storage - steel mesh silos
    • E3.9 Storage capacity of circular silos and field bins
    • E 3.2 Temporary grain storage
    • E 3.6 Grain handling - auger conveyors

Author: Jennifer Laffan

ISBN:  0731305299 | 145 pages | A4

Catalogue number:  B129

Publisher:  NSW Department of Primary Industries | 2005