Adrian Darveniza

Region: Wet Tropics

Who: Adrian Darveniza

Location: South Johnstone

Early vs. Late Plant with minimum and Zero Tillage Ground Preparation

In the wet tropics disturbed soil represents a great risk for soil erosion in our paddocks and as a result not many farmers will early plant due to the need for cultivation prior to planting. We feel that this is limiting our yields as late plant only allows for a 12 month crop at best.

Want to compare the benefits of Zero and Minimum till early plant versus Minimum Tillage late plant.  Most trial work has been done on fallow versus replant but not so much on the timing of planting and would like to know the benefits on productivity and water quality from early plant.