2018-19 soybean black soil Casino

Posted in PulseCheck–Coastal on Feb 15, 2019

2018–19 summer: Soybean on black clay, Casino

The North Coast of NSW is one of the most consistent and reliable soybean producing areas in Australia, usually achieving high quality grain with good yields (>4t/ha) from rain-grown crops. Very dry conditions this summer have seen an unusually small area of soybeans sown and those crops that were planted have struggled through very dry growing conditions.

In crop rainfall to-date is 30 mm, biggest single fall being 9 mm, however only amounts above 10 mm are considered effective on the North Coast.

The crop history information and photos have been supplied by the grower.

Location: Rainfed paddock, Casino

Pre-plant preparation

  • Paddock was sown to rice last summer (2017/18) and fallowed over winter.
  • Raised beds, 75 cm rows
  • Pre-plant herbicide spray, Roundup Ultra and Sharpen


  • Plant date 25 November 2018
  • Soybean variety 791
  • Fertiliser enhancement seed treatment prior to planting
  • Seed inoculant was liquid injected at planting
  • 300 kg/ha of 3-in-1 fertiliser applied
  • 325000 seeds/ha
  • Post-plant pre-emerge spray of Dual Gold and Broadstrike

Crop management

  • Week 4 – Helicoverpa control treatment (Steward)
  • Week 6 – Verdict spray to control volunteer rice from previous season
  • Week 7 – Foliar spray of trace element nutrients
  • Week 8 – Altacor applied to manage helicoverpa and loopers
  • Week 9 – Monolepta spray (Steward), tank mixed with PK foliar fertiliser.

Crop out of the ground. Planted 25 Nov 2018

Great early growth. Making the most of stored soil moisture.

Week 6 – Sprayed out volunteer rice. Leaf damage evident from earlier caterpillar presence.

With no effective rain falling during the growing season this crop is doing well to survive.

12 weeks in, starting to slow down.

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