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Rainfed Farming Systems of North-Eastern Australia


Birch, CJ and Bell, LW, Rainfed Farming Systems of North-Eastern Australia, Rainfed Farming Systems, Springer, P Tow, I Cooper, I Partridge and C Birch (ed), The Netherlands, pp. 691-713. ISBN 9781402091315 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-9132-2_25


The main climatic features and the principal soils used for rainfed cereal and oilseed production systems in north-eastern Australia are described, with their limitations on crop distribution. While rainfall and temperature provide opportunities for both summer and winter crops, available moisture supply is unreliable and generally limits production. Alleviation of the effects of a highly variable climate requires application of techniques such as fallowing, varying of plant population density, and geometry and selection of appropriate cultivars. Simulation models and decision support systems provide an opportunity to investigate alternative production strategies. Animal production tends to be on separate pasture land or in feedlots rather than integrated into the crop rotation.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:rainfall, farming
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Crop and pasture production
Research Field:Agronomy
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable plant production
Objective Field:Environmentally sustainable plant production not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Birch, CJ (Associate Professor Colin Birch)
ID Code:52692
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2008-08-01
Last Modified:2012-11-13
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