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Make the most of the season with testing

Bede O'Mara - Technical Agronomist on 28/11/2017

It has been a promising start to the 2017/18 cotton season, with a number of rain events helping to get crop growth off to a good start. It’s now time to monitor nitrogen levels, manage in-crop fertiliser inputs and maintain crop yield potential. One of the best ways to do this is with a consistent leaf and petiole testing program.

A flexible solution to enhanced efficiency

Rob Dwyer - Technical Agronomist on 08/09/2017

Matching nitrogen supply with demand is seen by some as the holy grail of enhanced efficiency fertilisers, but I tend to disagree.

Can we improve nitrogen use efficiency in cane?

Rob Dwyer - Technical Agronomist on 05/09/2017

Improving the efficiency of nitrogen fertiliser in sugar cane is a challenging task.

Get more from nitrogen with Cal-Gran

Rob Dwyer - Technical Agronomist on 23/08/2017

Choosing the right nitrogen fertiliser for the right situation can make a big difference in cane yields.

Topdressing trials and tribulations

Lee Menhenett - Technical Agronomist on 08/08/2017

Topdressing nitrogen can be difficult to get right with respect to timing and rate. Given that nitrogen is the biggest barrier to yield (except for moisture), it requires careful planning and management.

Don’t put up with denitrification

Rob Dwyer - Technical Agronomist on 04/08/2017

ENTEC® is used by many cane growers to help minimise one of the most significant nitrogen loss pathways in cane – denitrification.

Don’t let leaching be a drain on yields

Rob Dwyer - Technical Agronomist on 04/08/2017

Leaching is the movement of nitrate nitrogen with water beyond the plant root zone. This dreaded drain can happen any time the amount of rainfall or irrigation on the block is more than the soil can hold internally.

Boosting pasture growth this spring

Lee Menhenett - Technical Agronomist on 01/08/2017

In spring, pasture growth rates naturally increase in response to more favourable growing conditions.

Green Urea NV for greater efficiency

Lee Menhenett - Technical Agronomist on 01/08/2017

Spring is the ideal time for tactical nitrogen applications to maximise pasture production

Compounds or blends for vigorous vegetables?

Craig Farlow - Technical Agronomist on 24/07/2017

Incitec Pivot Fertilisers offers a range of high quality fertilisers to Australian vegetable growers, including the high quality Nitrophoska Special® and thousands of fertiliser blends. The question is: which is better?

Consider Granulock for deep P bands

Bede O'Mara - Technical Agronomist on 14/07/2017

Agronomists working with northern summer crop growers will be familiar with the research of Professor Mike Bell and others to identify the need for deep phosphorus and understand the best ways to supply it.

Nitrogen for grain and graze crops

Jim Laycock - Technical Agronomist on 10/07/2017

In reviewing the results from our nitrogen trial in a grain and graze system at Millvale in New South Wales, it is clear these crops need special treatment to perform to their best.

Take a confident approach to pre-plant cotton

Bede O'Mara - Technical Agronomist on 07/07/2017

There’s a lot to like about the start of the season for irrigated cotton growers, with healthy cotton prices and dry soils making the upcoming ground preparation and pre-plant fertiliser work easier.

Faster pasture with Cal-Gran® Aftergraze

Lee Menhenett - Technical Agronomist on 03/07/2017

Winter is a challenging time to maintain adequate pasture growth rates.

Reducing runoff losses with ENTEC

Rob Dwyer - Technical Agronomist on 29/06/2017

One of the great things about ENTEC® is that it helps improve nitrogen fertiliser efficiency both for your crops and the world around us.

ENTEC vs controlled release

Rob Dwyer - Technical Agronomist on 01/06/2017

Why are cane growers choosing ENTEC to protect their crop’s nitrogen rather than controlled release fertilisers?

ENTEC® could be a win:win in vegetable systems

Craig Farlow - Technical Agronomist on 09/05/2017

Vegetable growers know too well that crop nutrition is a key driver for achieving high yields and maximising returns from every land unit they farm.

Transition to BMP with a little help from ENTEC

Rob Dwyer - Technical Agronomist on 04/05/2017

All cane growers are being encouraged to use best practices and record them under the new Smartcane Best Management Practices (BMP).

Introducing Nutrient Advantage Mobile Services

Nutrient Advantage Laboratory Services on 03/05/2017

We are proud to introduce you to our new mobile sampling service, recently launched in Toowoomba and available to service our customers in Southern Queensland and Northern NSW.

Focus on the future with soil testing

Bede O'Mara - Technical Agronomist on 02/05/2017

When the cotton has been picked and the season is over, what’s next?

Think ChicKP (S)Zn for chickpeas

Bede O'Mara - Technical Agronomist (contributed by) on 13/04/2017

As growers continue to replace wheat in their rotation with chickpeas to capitalise on higher market prices, there’s a growing need to update fertiliser programs – or face nutrient run down.

What will it take to restore soil fertility?

Dr Malcolm McCaskill - Soil Research Scientist (DEDJTR Victoria) on 05/04/2017

A series of nutrient trials conducted in high rainfall cropping zones in 2016 is showing high levels of nutrient removal with high yields. Lead researcher on the project, Dr Malcolm McCaskill, Soil Research Scientist with DEDJTR Victoria, shares a preview of the results with Agronomy Community members and asks: what will it take to restore soil fertility for 2017?

Nitrogen Alert

Charlie Walker - IPF Head of Agronomy Solutions on 21/03/2017

Early indications suggest many cropping systems are running low on nitrogen and will need significant applications of fertiliser before mid-winter to support yield and quality targets this season. Incitec Pivot Fertilisers is encouraging growers to check, plan and act for crop productivity this season.

Upgrade to a SuPerfect® blend

Lee Menhenett - Technical Agronomist on 09/03/2017

SuPerfect is the perfect fertiliser for many grazing businesses, with tried and true performance in the paddock, year in, year out.

Lower soil sulphur likely in 2017

Lee Menhenett - Technical Agronomist on 06/03/2017

High levels of sulphur removal in hay and grain and significant leaching losses are likely to result in lower soil sulphur levels for many graziers and grain growers across southern Australia in 2017.

Nutrient replacement after a high yielding season

Lee Menhenett - Technical Agronomist on 28/02/2017

This summer I’ve invested some time collecting grain and soil test data from out in the paddock to investigate nutrient budgeting with real nutrient removal figures, not just averages.

Nutrient replacement after a high yielding season

Lee Menhenett - Technical Agronomist on 28/02/2017

This summer I’ve invested some time collecting grain and soil test data from out in the paddock to investigate nutrient budgeting with real nutrient removal figures, not just averages.

A guide to nitrogen management for rice in the tropics

Rob Dwyer - Technical Agronomist on 09/01/2017

There’s a building thirst for knowledge from growers about optimal nitrogen management in upland rice production in this emerging industry.

Summer, a smart time for SuPerfect®

Lee Menhenett - Technical Agronomist on 09/12/2016

I’m not here to tell you that summer is a better time to apply SuPerfect® than autumn – but it’s just as good.

Make time to review banana nutrition

Rob Dwyer - Technical Agronomist on 05/12/2016

Banana growers are being encouraged to make sure their fertiliser programs are the best they can be and aligned with Best Management Practice (BMP).

Nutrition support in summer cropping

Bede O'Mara - Technical Agronomist on 02/12/2016

One of the best ways to guide summer crops towards their productive potential is to plan a tissue testing program.

Soil Sampling in Spring

Jim Laycock - Technical Agronomist on 08/11/2016

Why not get a head start on fertiliser programs for your grazier customers by initiating some soil testing this spring?

Make grain testing a priority this harvest

Jim Laycock - Technical Agronomist on 24/10/2016

Grain testing has been available from Nutrient Advantage Laboratory Services for a couple of years now and is becoming increasingly popular with agronomists looking to be more precise with nutrient budgeting.

Better dryland cotton yields with phosphorus

Bede O'Mara - Technical Agronomist on 21/10/2016

Dryland cotton growers may be missing out on yield if they plant without phosphorus fertiliser. Applying some fertiliser phosphorus increased dryland cotton yields by as much as 20% in last year’s trial at ‘Colonsay’ on the Darling Downs.

Gum boots on and plant tissue sample pastures

Lee Menhenett - Technical Agronomist on 07/10/2016

Spring can be a hectic time of year and this often means some beneficial agronomy activities may be dropped in the rush. But this year, while we wait for paddocks to dry out, there is a window of opportunity to get on farm and take some leaf tissue samples. Then, when the paddocks dry out and farmers are busy cutting silage and hay, you’ll be one step ahead, ready to help with some recommendations that will help maximise feed growth for the rest of spring.

Nutrition focus yields more macadamia nuts

on 09/09/2016

One of Australia’s top producing macadamia farms, Hinkler Park Plantation, is taking a new approach to crop nutrition with a combination of organic matter and high quality nitrogen fertiliser blends. The results speak for themselves.

Dry plays havoc with summer crop emergence

Bede O'Mara - Technical Agronomist on 11/11/2014

There have been reports of patchy emergence and seedling damage in summer crops from the central and western Downs and parts of Northern New South Wales.

New grain test now available

Lee Menhenett - Technical Agronomist on 06/11/2014

A new grain test is available this harvest to put a figure on nutrient removal and help refine fertiliser rates for next season.

Efficient nitrogen for dairy farms

IPF on 22/09/2014

Dairy farmers and advisers will soon have a nitrogen fertiliser decision tool that will help determine how much nitrogen to apply to pastures for maximum profitability.

Forums question phosphorus efficiency

IPF on 26/08/2014

Graziers and grain growers may need to reconsider their phosphorus fertiliser use in consultation with their advisers, according to the latest research presented at the Agronomy Community forums in Hamilton and Wagga Wagga in July.

Ingredients for productive crops and pastures

Incitec Pivot Fertilisers on 21/08/2014

Australian agronomists were transported to another land when they attended Incitec Pivot Fertilisers’ Agronomy Community forums at Hamilton and Wagga Wagga this July.

Liquid efficiency at topdress time

Incitec Pivot Fertilisers on 14/07/2014

Switching to liquid nitrogen fertilisers for topdress applications could improve application accuracy and efficiency for grain growers, according to visiting Western Australian farmer and agronomy adviser, Erin Cahill.

Choosing the right pre-plant fertiliser for cotton

Bede O'Mara - Technical Agronomist on 30/06/2014

Cotton agronomists can choose from a wide variety of pre-plant fertilisers and blends to supply the nutrients needed for the coming crop.

Fertcare Carbon Farming Extension Project - update

Jeff Kraak - Fertilizer Australia on 24/06/2014

The concept of Carbon Farming, using agricultural practices to either reduce greenhouse gas emissions or store carbon in soil and plants has the potential to add value to the agricultural sector.

Assessing crop nitrogen needs for the balance of the 2014 season

Jim Laycock - Technical Agronomist on 13/06/2014

As the busy winter crop sowing season winds down on the back of one of the best autumn breaks in the south for several years, it is again time to assess crop nitrogen requirements for the balance of the season.

Lock in a strong start with Granulock Z

Bede O'Mara - Technical Agronomist on 12/06/2014

As growers begin to consider pre-plant and starter fertiliser plans for their sorghum, maize and other summer crops, it is worth remembering why Granulock Z so often ends up in the recommendation.

Balanced nutrition yields benefits

Rob Norton - International Plant Nutrition Institute on 04/06/2014

Fertilisers can be used efficiently if the right balance is struck between nitrogen and phosphorus.

Cotton trials in the Burdekin look promising

CSIRO on 22/05/2014

A CSIRO investigation into the viability of growing cotton in the Burdekin region has recorded significant yield results for ENTEC fertilisers in its trial program in 2013.

ENTEC works for Gympie dairy farmers

Incitec Pivot Fertilisers on 22/05/2014

Brian Burkhardt at Landmark Gympie has some dairy farmer customers who dabble in using ENTEC Urea.

Give crops a good start

Jim Laycock - Technical Agronomist on 22/05/2014

An annual application of starter phosphorus can make a big difference at harvest, according to the latest trial results from southern New South Wales.

Consider tissue testing this season

Lee Menhenett - Technical Agronomist on 09/05/2014

Graziers are being encouraged to tissue test their pastures to check that micronutrient levels are adequate for healthy pasture growth and healthy stock.

Analysis from trials shows value of nitrogen

Charlie Walker - Technical and Development Manager on 30/04/2014

The results from seven fertiliser trials conducted in wheat last year in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales indicate a positive correlation between nitrogen application rates and net returns.

Agronomy Community forum promotes sustainable cropping

on 14/04/2014

Researchers and agronomists committed to excellence in plant nutrition and a future of sustainable cropping met in Townsville for the Agronomy Community Forum in March.

Crops need early nitrogen for best results

Jim Laycock - Technical Agronomist on 20/03/2014

The role of nitrogen in winter crop production is well understood by grain growers.

Combat crown rot with early zinc

Jim Laycock - Technical Agronomist on 19/03/2014

Grain growers with cereal crops infected by crown rot last year are being encouraged to choose a starter fertiliser with zinc this season.

Achieve great granule distribution with SuPerfect

Lee Menhenett - Technical Agronomist on 23/12/2013

Lower analysis pasture fertilisers, like SuPerfect, need to be applied at nearly the twice the rate of higher analysis fertilisers to apply a similar amount of phosphorus to the paddock.

Improve cotton yield potential by water running nitrogen

Bede O'mara - Technical Agronomist on 23/12/2013

Cotton growers can improve the yield potential of this season’s crops by paying close attention to post-emergent nitrogen applications.

Christmas Operating Hours 2013

on 29/11/2013

Nutrient Advantage® Operating Hours for the 2013 Christmas season.

Water running N in Cotton

Bede O'Mara- Technical Agronomist on 21/11/2013

Incitec Pivot’s Technical Agronomist Bede O’Mara talks about “Improving yield potential by water running nitrogen in cotton”.

Let's Talk Safety

on 21/11/2013

Safety is top priority at Nutrient Advantage®, so in September we took a day away to focus on Safety. We thought we would include some tips on Sampling Safety as well.

Planning Ahead for 2014

on 21/11/2013

Nutrient Advantage® is gearing up for a busy peak season in 2014. The simple soil test can help growers get the right information needed for fertiliser decisions. Also included is information about our Opening Hours over the next Christmas season.

Tour of Nutrient Advantage continues

on 21/11/2013

Nutrient Advantage® opens its doors for a tour of the “Wet” laboratory and how the yellow sticker remains an important part of our quality control system.

Changes in soil phosphorus availability and potential phosphorus loss following cessation of phosphorus fertiliser inputs

R.J Dodd, R.W McDowell, L.M. Condron on 31/10/2013

ABSTRACT: Long-term application of phosphorus (P) fertilisers to agricultural soils can lead to in the accumulation of P in soil. Determining the rate of decline in soil P following the cessation of P fertiliser inputs is critical to evaluating the potential for reducing P loss to surface waters.

Fertcare carbon farming extension project

Jeff Kraak - Fertilizer Australia on 31/10/2013

The vision for the Fertcare Carbon Farming Extension Project is that fertilizer industry sales and advisory staff in providing soil management, plant nutrition and fertilizer advice to farmers, issue guidance which not only drives productivity, profitability and increased nutrient use efficiency, but also integrates relevant considerations on greenhouse gas (GHG) management and storage of carbon into their recommendations.

How important is water soluble phosphorus?

Lee Menhenett - Technical Agronomist on 30/10/2013

Graziers are often interested in the opportunities for new phosphorus fertilisers, manures and other alternative sources of nutrition.

Liquid nutrition makes sense in North Queensland crops

Rob Dwyer - Technical Agronomist on 30/10/2013

EASY N® liquid nitrogen fertiliser can give growers greater flexibility and control over nitrogen management in a whole host of crops including the likes of bananas, maize and potatoes.

Grazing high quality pastures

Lee Menhenett - Technical Agronomist on 17/09/2013

Money spent on fertiliser can ultimately increase profitability in the grazing industry, according to a long-term trial conducted by the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

Benefits of Plant Tissue testing this season

on 06/09/2013

Plant Tissue testing is an important tool for determining the nutrient status of plants at a certain point in time. It is best to use them in conjunction with soil tests because even at high soil test levels there is no assurance that a crop is going to take up adequate amounts of nutrients depending on other potential constraints.

Celebrating 50 Years

on 06/09/2013

Nutrient Advantage’s® is Celebrating 50 years of soil testing with a showcase of the past.

Peak Performance

on 06/09/2013

January through to April each year has always been one of the busiest times for Nutrient Advantage® and this year has been no exception. The 2013 Peak season was in fact one of our busiest since 2008 with the February sample volume reaching over 10,000 samples for the month.

On Tour at Nutrient Advantage

on 06/09/2013

Nutrient Advantage is a major provider of soil, plant and water analytical services in Australia. The Nutrient Advantage Laboratory is a 1,400 square meter, state of the art, purpose built facility, equipped to handle in excess of 100,000 samples a year.

Forums promote science in agriculture

Ben Wild - Incitec Pivot Fertilisers on 22/08/2013

Agronomists welcomed the opportunity to discover the latest in plant nutrition research at a series of forums held across eastern Australia recently.

Managing nutrition for high yielding canola

Jim Laycock - Technical Agronomist on 08/08/2013

Achieving a high yielding canola crop might start with choosing the latest in hybrid canola varieties, but it doesn’t stop there!

Agronomy Community keeps advisers in front

Charlie Walker - Technical & Development Manager on 31/05/2013

Where can you find more than 700 of Australia’s agronomists sharing information, networking and furthering their understanding of plant nutrition?

Tried and true fertiliser for superior pasture nutrition

Lee Menhenett - Technical Agronomist on 30/05/2013

SuPerfect® is a tried and true fertiliser supplying balanced nutrition to legume-based pasture systems. The analysis of 8.8% phosphorus, 11% sulphate sulphur and 18% calcium contained in SuPerfect is designed to ensure adequate phosphorus as well as sulphate sulphur is supplied to pastures.

NA History Migration to Nutrient Advantage Advice

Phil Hoult - Head of Agronomy Solutions on 30/05/2013

At Nutrient Advantage, we are committed to delivering improved services and benefits to our customers.

Boost to Agronomy Team

Phil Hoult - Head of Agronomy Solutions on 30/05/2013

Incitec Pivot Fertilisers has expanded its agronomy solutions team in the northern cropping region with the appointment of Bede O’Mara as Technical Agronomist, based in Toowoomba.

Delivering more for Nutrient Advantage Customers

Debra O'Neill - Business Support on 30/05/2013

When we describe Nutrient Advantage as “much more than just analysing soil tests through our laboratory”, we are of course referring to the broad range of services offered to our customers.

Fertiliser improves soil health

Rob Norton - IPNI on 15/05/2013

Grain growers can be confident that their efforts to improve crop productivity and maximise yields are not jeopardising their chances to improve soil health, according to the results of a recent review.

Fertcare attracts government investment

Jeff Kraak - Fertcare on 15/05/2013

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig announced in early April that Fertcare was one of 24 successful applicants in the Carbon Farming Futures Extension and Outreach Program.

Placement of fertiliser with the seed

Bede O'Mara - Technical Agronomist on 15/05/2013

Fertilisers placed with the seed may cause damage during germination, root or shoot growth. Usually, growers see delayed or staggered emergence, rather than complete failure.

Break cropping and brown manures

Tony Swan, Laura Watson, Mark Peoples & James Hunt on 15/04/2013

Most grain-growers recognise that they should include broadleaf species in their cropping program to reduce disease incidence for cereals and to improve soil nitrogen (N) fertility.

Extra phosphorus helps wheat after canola

Lee Menhenett on 15/04/2013

New research from Incitec Pivot Fertilisers’ field trial program in Victoria is showing the importance of applying enough phosphorus to crops, particularly where wheat follows canola.

Improving plant uptake of soil phosphorus

Tony Swan, Laura Watson, Mark Peoples & James Hunt on 15/04/2013

Long-term use of fertiliser in southern Australia has generally raised the organic and inorganic phosphorus (P) status of soils, although much of this P is not readily available for plant uptake.

Focus on Calcium

Dr Rob Norton - IPNI on 05/03/2013

Calcium (Ca) is an essential plant nutrient required by animals and plants in relatively large amounts for healthy growth. In addition to its role as one of the macronutrients in plant nutrition, sufficient Ca has a role in maintaining soil physical properties, and in reclaiming sodic soils.

Soil Phosphorus Availability

Philip Hoult - Agronomy Solutions on 19/02/2013

Most plants take up the bulk of their phosphorus requirement early in their life, in the seedling stage of annuals and early regrowth of perennials. While phosphorus is not mobile in soils, it is one of the more mobile nutrients in plants.

Are you going to lose urea this season?

Lee Menhenett - Technical Agronomist on 12/02/2013

The loss of Nitrogen from Urea, through the process of volatilisation is high. Volatilisation is the process where gaseous ammonia is lost from urea as it attracts moisture on the soil surface. A number of factors contribute to this process. Volatilisation losses can be minimised by timing urea applications and by using a fertiliser with a urease inhibitor.

A timely reminder about potassium

Jim Laycock - Technical Agronomist on 30/01/2013

Potassium (K) is a major plant nutrient required by plants in similar quantities as nitrogen, and in larger amounts than phosphorus.

A timely reminder about potassium

Jim Laycock - Technical Agronomist on 30/01/2013

Potassium (K) is a major plant nutrient required by plants in similar quantities as nitrogen, and in larger amounts than phosphorus.

Key nitrogen loss pathways and strategies to minimise losses

Charlie Walker - Technical and Development Manager on 30/01/2013

There is some confusion about the loss mechanisms for nitrogen from cropping systems and strategies for minimising these losses.

Field days look at fertiliser efficiency research

Incitec Pivot Fertilisers on 29/01/2013

What happens to fertiliser once it is applied in the paddock and how much of it is converted to pasture?

Understanding and preventing zinc deficiency

Jim Laycock - Technical Agronomist on 13/12/2012

Seed furrow distribution is important when considering row spacing distribution and root interception of an immobile micronutrient such as zinc. If zinc is needed, sowing with a zinc fortified fertiliser is the preferred option, with placement with the seed the most effective method.

Soil sampling for sugar cane

Rob Dwyer - Technical Agronomist on 15/11/2012

Soil fertility can change as a result of nutrient inputs, removal in produce, loss mechanisms and fixation. The extraordinary wet conditions in many sugar cane areas over the past months is likely to have resulted in nitrogen loss by denitrification and leaching.

Accu-Spread Testing Shows Superphosphate Particle Size Impacts on Spreading Bout Width

Wes Wheelhouse - AFSA on 10/10/2012

Unfortunately many agronomists have observed the effects of uneven fertiliser application resulting in areas of poor crop / pasture growth where nutrients have been under applied and areas of very strong growth where fertiliser has been over applied in a regular pattern across a field.

Placement with pre planting nitrogen

Jim Laycock - Technical Agronomist on 09/10/2012

Some growers have been forced to replant significant areas of cotton because of fertiliser burn on the seedling roots, after applying either BIG N® or urea.

Soil Carbon - Black gold or just a lot of hot air?

Rohan Davies - Technical Agronomist on 07/09/2012

Soil carbon refers to the total carbon found in soil and it includes both inorganic and organic forms. The following discussion is focused on organic forms because, unlike inorganic forms, the organic amount can be strongly influenced by land management.

Green Urea to reduce ammonia loss in pastures

Helen Suter - The University of Melbourne on 06/09/2012

The breakdown of urea by a process known as hydrolysis leads to production of ammonia (NH3, a gas) or ammonium (NH4+), a plant nutrient. When urea is topdressed, any NH3 that is produced can be blown away from the site and this leads to poor use of applied nitrogen (N). One way of minimising the risk of NH3 loss is to apply a urease inhibitor with your urea.

New Fertiliser Technology

Rohan Davies - Technical Agronomist on 06/09/2012

Growers have more options than ever in new fertiliser technologies. However, it is critical for growers and advisers to understand the potential gains these technologies may provide and their limitations.

Nitrogen Use Efficiency

Rohan Davies - Technical Agronomist on 06/09/2012

The utilisation rate of Nitrogen in mineral fertilisers is about 50-60% in the first year. An understanding of how we can increase the efficiency with which Nitrogen is utilised by crops is useful in mitigating the losses of nitrogen into the environment and improve the returns from applying nitrogenous fertiliser.

Achieving more from applied nitrogen in cane

Rob Dwyer - Technical Agronomist on 04/06/2010

Fertiliser nitrogen use efficiency in sugar cane is near its highest level in 40 years. However, there are still opportunities for further improvements.