In this wheat trial conducted last season in Murray Bridge, SA, treating MAP starter fertiliser with Basis XC improved wheat yield and showed a positive return on investment for the grower, even under dry conditions.
Growing season rainfall was under 100 mm. Three treatments were evaluated:
- 65kg/ha MAP
- 75kg/ha MAP
- 65kg/ha MAP + Basis XC
Each treatment had four strips harvested.
When 65kg/ha MAP was treated with Basis XC, the resulting yield was increased by 120kg/ha (or 8.2%) when compared to untreated MAP applied at the same rate. The Basis XC-treated MAP also outyielded the higher rate of untreated MAP (75kg/ha) by 50kg/ha, an increase of 3.2%.
In 2019, wheat harvest prices were approximately $350/t on farm, and the cost of Basis XC for 65 kg/ha MAP is $3/ha. At those prices, the yield increase compared to untreated MAP at 65kg/ha equates to an extra $42/ha. Even with wheat at $200/t, the return on investment for the grower is still positive, equating to an extra $24/ha.
By using Basis XC to enhance nutrient release from applied fertiliser, growers can minimise their seasonal risk and maximise their yield potential.
Learn how Basis XC can complement your cropping plan by downloading the Basis XC booklet.
Photo courtesy Shawn Rowe, Nutrien Ag Solutions (formerly Landmark) Murray Bridge.