Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Wheat, Lupins, Rotations, Nitrogen fertilizers

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One of the many benefitsof growing narrow-leaved lupins in a crop rotation (Rowland et al 1988) in the increased yield of the following cereal crop as a result of the improved nitrogen level of the soil.

This article reports the results from 41 wheat/lupin rotation trials involving a range of nitrogen rates throughout the Western Australian agricultural area between 1978 and 1987. These trials allowed scientists to assess the interaction of nitrogen fertilization with previous cropping history and to estimate some of the contribution of the nitrogen and other effects of lupins within the crop rotations. The results provide some guidelines to help farmers make decisions agout what rates of nitrogen fertiliser to use in a crop rotation with lupins.