Pyrethrum Paddocks – What makes them good for subsequent cropping?

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  • Published: 1 Feb 2000

  • Author(s): Sparrow, Leigh, Cotching, Bill

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This study sought to shed light on this issue, and was undertaken as part of RIRDC’s Resilient Agricultural Systems program.

The results provide only limited evidence that pyrethrum is of benefit to the soil. More importantly, they indicate no benefit where it really counts for farmers – in their bank balance. This highlights the difficulty in equating improvements in soil quality with immediate profit in farming systems where tillage, fertiliser and irrigation can be managed to overcome some of the limitations of the soil.