Soil and tissue tests to predict pasture yield responses to applications of potassium fertiliser in high-rainfall areas of south-western Australia

Michael Bolland, W.J. Cox, B.J. Codling

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Abstract

Dairy and beef pastures in the high (> 800 mm annual average) rainfall areas of south-western Australia, based on subterranean clover (Trifolium subterraneum) and annual ryegrass (Lolium rigidum), grow on acidic to neutral deep (> 40 cm) sands, up to 40 cm sand over loam or clay, or where loam or clay occur at the surface. Potassium deficiency is common, particularly for the sandy soils, requiring regular applications of fertiliser potassium for profitable pasture production. A large study was undertaken to assess 6 soil-test procedures, and tissue testing of dried herbage, as predictors of when fertiliser potassium was required for these pastures. The 100 field experiments, each conducted for 1 year, measured dried-herbage production separately for clover and ryegrass in response to applied fertiliser potassium (potassium chloride).Significant (P100 mg/kg soil. There was always a clover-yield increase to applied potassium for Colwell potassium at 50 and
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-164
JournalAustralian Journal of Experimental Agriculture
Volume42
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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