Managing and retaining large irrigation stubbles

Better soil moisture retention and better soil health as a result of stubble retention are worth the effort to overcome barriers to adoption.

Straw spreading at harvest is crucial for effective management of stubble at the next sowing.

Microbial stubble digestors and the use of compost may have a place in irrigation cropping systems and need further investigation. 

Andrew Schipp & Kieran O’Keeffe, IREC Farmers’ Newsletter – Large Area No. 181: Spring 2009