uPtake Trials

Building confidence in fertiliser recommendations.

uPtake is a partnership project designed to improve nutrient use efficiency on grazing farms in the South West by improving farmer and industry knowledge, confidence and uptake of the science supporting fertiliser recommendations.

A total of 36 fertiliser trials have been established in partnerships between industry, catchment groups and farmers across the South West over a range of soil types with contemporary pasture species to develop phosphorus (P) response curves. The project has trialled innovative technologies to provide rapid feedback on pasture growth and soil nutrient status including drones, near infrared and X-ray fluorescence.

There have been three uPtake trials on local farms in the Geographe Bay Catchment. The results from the trials indicate that the national critical values for phosphorus used to inform fertiliser recommendations are relevant for the South West.

The project is jointly funded through the State Government’s Healthy Estuaries WA and the Australian Governments’ National Landcare Program with more than $5.5 million funding to improve the health of waterways and estuaries and help increase farm productivity and profitability. Learn more…