Trial brings boost

Irrigated Cropping Council researcher Damian Jones says a new decision support tool will help growers weigh up the pros and cons of double cropping in southern Australia.

Irrigated Cropping Council researcher Damian Jones says a new decision support tool will help growers weigh up the pros and cons of double cropping in southern Australia.

TRIALS in southern New South Wales and northern Victoria have shown that double cropping success relies on quick and seamless transitions between the winter and summer crop phases, and the results are helping growers weigh up the benefits of the approach.

The trials feed data into a decision support tool (DST) for double cropping, which provides an easy way for irrigators to assess the gross margins of different rotations, attribute an average water price to those rotations and customise inputs, yields and commodity prices for their own circumstances.

The research was made possible through significant contributions of growers through trial co-operation and investment by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

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