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Ken Flower

Dr Kenneth Flower

Senior Lecturer
Agriculture and Environment, School of

Contact details
Address
School of Agriculture and Environment
The University of Western Australia (M084)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 4576
Fax
+61 8 6488 1108
Email
ken.flower@uwa.edu.au
Location
Room 1146, Agriculture Central Wing Building, Perth campus

Lecturer
Agriculture, The UWA Institute of

Contact details
Address
The UWA Institute of Agriculture
The University of Western Australia (M084)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 4576
Fax
+61 8 6488 1108
Email
ken.flower@uwa.edu.au
Location
Room 1146, Agriculture Central Wing Building, Perth campus
Qualifications
BSc(Agric) Natal, MSc DIC PhD Lond.
Key research
Production Agronomy and Farming Systems
• Conservation farming/no-till systems
• Agronomy and cropping systems
• Precision agriculture
• Water use efficiency
• Weed control
• Crop and livestock integration
• Agricultural decision support systems
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Farming systems research, improving no-till systems, carbon sequestration through no-till, crop rotations, herbicide efficacy in no-till systems, cover crops, crop residue management, crop nutrition.
Languages
English
Teaching
Currently teach third year course: Rainfed Cropping Systems SCIE3312)
Current projects
I am currently managing a long term no-till farming systems project along with the West Australian No-Tillage Farmers Association (WANTFA). The aim of this Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) funded project is to improve the quality of no-tillage through the development of a high residue, diverse rotation farming system. This system includes controlled traffic to minimise the effects of compaction and increase cropping efficiencies. The project has two 20 ha sites, one on yellow sand at Mingenew with the Mingenew Irwin Grower Group and the other on red sandy clay loam at the College of Agriculture Cunderdin. Measurements include soil biological, chemical and physical parameters as well as the water balance (done by CSIRO). The effects of the different systems on weeds, insects, diseases and nematodes are being measured by our collaborators, including the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia, Curtin University and CSIRO.
I am also assessing the long term effects of different stubble management techniques (Stubble - retain standing, retain mow, rake and remove (hay), burn and incorporate) on the soil and yield and quality of different rotation crops.
Cover crops can be used to increase soil cover in the rotation. Other uses for cover crops are, depending on the plant species, nitrogen fixation, weed control and as a break crop. I am working with WANTFA in screening different cover crops and assessing the effect on subsequent cash crops.
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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