Copper Management for the Future
Project Supervisor: Mr George Pedler
Funding Source: SAGIT
Start Date: 1 July 2017
Finish Date: 30 June 2020
SAGIT Project Code: LDA217
The project ‘Copper management for the future’ aims to explore different management strategies to overcome copper deficiency in cereals. The project will compare the effectiveness of copper sulphate and copper chelate applied either as liquids banded at seeding or as a foliar spray. The project will also evaluate the effect of different timings of application of the foliar sprays and their efficiency.
This project will benefit local and South Australian farmers be establishing an independent best practice management guide for copper applications for the future.
The project will improve farm productivity in the following ways:
- Provide growers with an increased awareness of copper deficiency and the range of options to manage it;
- Provide growers with independent date on the efficiency of different copper applications, formulations and timings;
- Assist growers to adopt an improved best management practice to overcome copper deficiency;
- Help growers to maximise their water use efficiency and yields through maximising pollen fertility; and
- Possibly identify strategies to help overcome “chilling” damage at flowering varieties susceptible to this, such as Mace.
Trial data and results will be published for each year of the trial.