Ken Flower

Associate Professor, BSc(Agric) Natal, MSc DIC PhD Lond.

  • The University of Western Australia (M084), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 342 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
20092019
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Personal profile

Roles and responsibilities

Farming systems research, improving no-till systems, carbon sequestration through no-till, crop rotations, herbicide efficacy in no-till systems, cover crops, crop residue management, crop nutrition.

Current projects

I am currently managing a long term no-till farming systems project along with the West Australian No-Tillage Farmers Association (WANTFA). The aim of this Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) funded project is to improve the quality of no-tillage through the development of a high residue, diverse rotation farming system. This system includes controlled traffic to minimise the effects of compaction and increase cropping efficiencies. The project has two 20 ha sites, one on yellow sand at Mingenew with the Mingenew Irwin Grower Group and the other on red sandy clay loam at the College of Agriculture Cunderdin. Measurements include soil biological, chemical and physical parameters as well as the water balance (done by CSIRO). The effects of the different systems on weeds, insects, diseases and nematodes are being measured by our collaborators, including the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia, Curtin University and CSIRO.
I am also assessing the long term effects of different stubble management techniques (Stubble - retain standing, retain mow, rake and remove (hay), burn and incorporate) on the soil and yield and quality of different rotation crops.
Cover crops can be used to increase soil cover in the rotation. Other uses for cover crops are, depending on the plant species, nitrogen fixation, weed control and as a break crop. I am working with WANTFA in screening different cover crops and assessing the effect on subsequent cash crops.

Teaching overview

Currently teach third year course: Rainfed Cropping Systems SCIE3312)

Research

Production Agronomy and Farming Systems
• Conservation farming/no-till systems
• Agronomy and cropping systems
• Precision agriculture
• Water use efficiency
• Weed control
• Crop and livestock integration
• Agricultural decision support systems

Languages

English

Keywords

  • Cropping systems

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Research Output 2011 2019

  • 342 Citations
  • 10 h-Index
  • 31 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference paper

An automated plot heater for field frost research in cereals

Stutsel, B. M., Callow, J. N., Flower, K., Biddulph, T. B., Cohen, B. & Leske, B., 19 Feb 2019, In : Agronomy. 9, 2, 96.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
heaters
frost
frost injury
experimental design
plant damage

Progression of plant-parasitic nematodes and foliar and root diseases under no-tillage with different crop rotations

Flower, K. C., Hüberli, D., Collins, S. J., Thomas, G., Ward, P. R. & Cordingley, N., 1 Aug 2019, In : Soil and Tillage Research. 191, p. 18-28 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

parasitic plant
root diseases
foliar diseases
zero tillage
crop rotation

Rainfall affects leaching of pre-emergent herbicide from wheat residue into the soil

Khalil, Y., Flower, K., Siddique, K. H. M. & Ward, P., 1 Feb 2019, In : PLoS One. 14, 2, e0210219.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Herbicides
Leaching
Triticum
Rain
leaching
2 Citations (Scopus)

A bioassay for prosulfocarb, pyroxasulfone and trifluralin detection and quantification in soil and crop residues

Khalil, Y., Siddique, K. H. M., Ward, P., Piggin, C., Bong, S. H., Nambiar, S., Trengove, R. & Flower, K., 2018, In : Crop & Pasture Science. 69, 6, p. 606-616 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

pyroxasulfone
trifluralin
crop residues
bioassays
herbicides
1 Citation (Scopus)

Assessing regional farming system diversity using a mixed methods typology: the value of comparative agriculture tested in broadacre Australia

Lacoste, M., Lawes, R., Ducourtieux, O. & Flower, K., 1 Mar 2018, In : Geoforum. 90, p. 183-205 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

typology
farm
agriculture
Values
Group

Projects 2009 2019