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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Private Land holder

Contact: Fiona Brayshaw

Ph: 9670 3100

Email: fbrayshaw@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

 Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2017                     End Date: 2018

Site ID: SA01362SA1

Area (Ha): 220 Ha paddock

 

Project Aim

Many growers in lower rainfall areas of the Wheatbelt are looking to minimise risk and increase efficiency. Growing your own nitrogen (brown manuring of legume pastures) or increasing soil water and decreasing weed/disease issues through chemical fallows are becoming more common. This trial would like to compare the economics of these systems. Legume pasture treatments of Lupins and a Lupin/Vetch mix will be compared alongside a chemical fallow with soil nutrients and soil moisture being measured in order to determine potential yield of the following crop. As this is only a one year trial, the potential yield at seeding (determined by soil moisture), the inputs required to grow this (determined from soil testing at seeding) and pasture establishment costs/fallow chemical costs will be used to estimate the most economically beneficial system.

The project aims to compare the economic benefits of ‘growing your own nitrogen’ through the use of legume pastures (trialling lupins and a vetch/lupin mix) against the economic benefits of increasing soil moisture through use of a chemical fallow.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, private landholders

Contact: Jo Wheeler

Ph: 9670 3121

Email: jwheeler@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

 Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2017                     End Date: 2018

Site ID: SA01309SA1

Area (Ha): 

Project Aim

Deep ripping work to date on farm and in other regions of the Wheatbelt has shown very positive results. It appears ripping with inclusion plates is incorporating lime to depth and allowing plants to penetrate deeper into the soil profile. This allows the plants to access nutrients and water that would be otherwise unavailable to plants, reducing the need for energy hungry fertilisers.

 

While deep ripping with inclusion plates is not innovative per se, its usefulness for much of the Wheatbelt region is unknown and most profitable ripping depth, unclear. The innovative aspect of this project is that the deep ripping will be conducted down to 700mm and investigated on three different soil types typical to the Wheatbelt region to determine which soil types are most responsive to ripping at this depth.

The aim of this project is to quantify the crop yield benefits and nutrient recovery and water use efficiency improvements from deep ripping with inclusion plates down to 700mm across three different typical Wheatbelt soil types.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Liebe Group

Contact: Jo Wheeler

Ph: 9670 3121

Email: jwheeler@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

 Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2017                     End Date: 2018

Site ID: SA01305SA1

Area (Ha): 0.288ha

Project Aim

This trial aims to determine impacts of long term rotations and input levels on profitability and system sustainability.

The initial aim of the long-term trial was to examine the difference in profitability between low and high cropping practices. From 2012-2015 the trial was funded by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture with a focus on the effect that the rotation and inputs were having on soil carbon levels. The focus has now changed direction with growers concerned about how long it takes to rundown a system on continuous wheat.

This project will investigate the impact of rotations on crop nutrition in our low rainfall area. This will be done by identifying and quantifying the nutrition levels present in each of the rotations to see the effect of the rotations on nutrition, better quantifying the benefits of break crops.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Corrigin Farm Improvement Group

Contact: Fiona Brayshaw

Ph: 9670 3100

Email: fbrayshaw@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

 Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2016                     End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00762SA1

Area (Ha): 0.8 ha

Project Aim

There are more than 2 million hectares of non-wetting sandy soils in western and southern Australia. Water repellency in soils causes uneven water infiltration, poor crop and pasture germination and leaves the soil prone to wind and water erosion. This also causes poor weed resistance, exacerbating herbicide resistance, and also leads to inefficient nutrient use in cropping and pasture systems.

Non-wetting soils are a significant constraint in the Corrigin area, with water repellence resulting in poor germination of crops and pastures.  The Corrigin Farm Improvement Group (CFIG) has identified non-wetting soil as a major issue for their members and have been exploring cost effective ways growers are able to manage these soil to reduce water repellence and improve crop and pasture vigor.

There are a number of treatment options for non-wetting soils, with mechanical techniques and soil wetters achieving good results in a number of trials elsewhere in the Wheatbelt. This project will specifically examine 5 treatments for non-wetting soils, including:

  • One way disc plough
  • Spading
  • Bi-Agra Band wetter agent
  • SE14 SACOA wetter agent
  • 90mm knife points

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Liebe Group

Contact: Lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

 Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2017                       End Date: 2018

Site ID: SA01305SA1

Area (Ha): 0.288 ha

 

Project Aim

This trial aims to determine impacts of long term rotations and input levels on profitability and system sustainability.

Project Description

In 2011, the Liebe group established a long-term rotational trial to evaluate a continuous wheat system compared to other crop rotations, all with high and low input levels (seed and fertiliser). One of the initial focuses of the trial was to determine the effect different rotations and inputs levels were having on soil carbon levels. Due to local farmer interest, the trials’ focus has now shifted towards understanding how long it takes to rundown a system on continuous wheat.

2013 aside (enforced chemical fallow), wheat treatments have been back to back since 2011 with the most profitable system being continuous, low input wheat. The question many growers want to know now is, how long can this system be pushed before issues such as weeds, diseases and nutritional deficiencies start coming into play and profits are compromised as a result? To help quantify this, an economic analysis has been conducted for each treatment to date and will be conducted for the 2017 trial year.

In addition, nutrition of crops in each of the rotations will be measured to in order to try to quantify the benefits of break crops. Nutrient use efficiency will also be determined for the high and low input systems and compared.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Merredin and District Farm Improvement Group & MapIQ

Contact: Lizzie Von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonPerger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

 Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                       End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00674SA1

Area (Ha): 18 ha

 

Project Aim

Surface only application of lime will be tested against incorporation via shallow leading tyne deep ripping to quantify the impact this has on speed of subsoil pH increase. Additionally, a locally sourced lime will be compared with a commercially available coastal lime source.

Project Description

Many farmers are looking for a solution to subsurface soil acidity and particularly, how to speed up the process of ameliorating the acidity. Surface applied lime seems to be sufficient to arrest subsurface soil pH decline though may not increase soil pH fast enough for farmers to realise an acceptable rate of return on this investment.

The recommended rate of lime application has increased from 1 t/ha to 2 t/ha or more, due to improved production on most farms that has led to an increased rate of acidification. Additionally, best management practice currently suggests that higher rates of lime application may be required where sub-soil pH levels are also low. This higher application rate, combined with incorporation techniques, can help address acid surface and subsurface soils and can be targeted at areas that are likely to provide the highest return on investment.

Given high transport costs, establishing the greatest return on investment for different lime application rates in the central and eastern Wheatbelt is a priority. Similarly, lower quality ‘secondary carbonate’ sources that are available locally may provide a competitive return on investment due to lower transport and supply costs despite requiring higher application rates.

This trial will compare different application rates with and without incorporation (deep ripping) of commercially available lime and a locally sourced lime in a replicated strip trial design.

Project Outputs

Indicative results:

  • Surface lime had no impact and yields of surface limed plots equalled the control plot (1.54 t/ha)
  • Ripping only increased yield by 320 kg/ha (1.86 t/ha)
  • Ripping + lime increased yield by an average of 470 kg/ha, an increase of 150 kg/ha on top of ripping (2.01 t/ha)
  • Ripping + 13t/ha Local lime had the same yield as Ripping + 6t/ha Lime sand
  • Ripping was the main driver of yield increases
  • Ripping + lime gave the largest yield increases

 

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Landholder

Contact: Lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2016

Site ID: SA00530SA2

Area (Ha): 610(Ha)

 

Project Aim

This project aims to demonstrate the benefits of soil testing to depth (up to 30 cm) and therefore increase wider adoption of the practice. The soil test results will be used to determine the best management practices to improve the soil pH and health and ultimately crop yields.

Project Description

Soil samples will be collected from the depths  0-10 cm, 10-20 cm and 20-30 cm. pH and a comprehensive nutrient analysis will be completed for the topsoil samples (0-10 cm) and pH analysed for the subsoil samples (10-20 cm & 20-30 cm).  The soil test results will be used to determine best soil management practices in order to increase efficiency and productivity.

 Project Outputs

The soil test results showed that acidification (low pH) was a significant issue in the subsoil of the focus paddock and quite likely to be limiting crop productivity. pH of the topsoil was good. This highlights the importance of soil testing to depth. Most Wheatbelt growers test the topsoil, however, acidity in the subsoil in many cases is of greater concern.

The grower now has more information enabling him to take a more targeted approach to lime applications and liming rates have been increased to 2 t/ha with 300 kg/ha gypsum. The grower is also considering the benefits of incorporating lime to depth either by ploughing or deep ripping.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact: lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00792SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10cm, 10-30cm and 30-50cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts, will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact: lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00779SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10cm, 10-30cm and 30-50cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts, will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact: Lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00798SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10cm, 10-30cm and 30-50cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts, will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact: Lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00798SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10cm, 10-30cm and 30-50cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts, will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact: lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00781SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10cm, 10-30cm and 30-50cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts, will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact: lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00795SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10cm, 10-30cm and 30-50cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts, will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact: Lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00800SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10cm, 10-30cm and 30-50cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts, will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact: lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00789SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10cm, 10-30cm and 30-50cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts, will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact: lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00794SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10cm, 10-30cm and 30-50cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts, will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact: lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00790SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

 

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10cm, 10-30cm and 30-50cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts, will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact: Lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00783SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10cm, 10-30cm and 30-50cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts, will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact: lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00780SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10cm, 10-30cm and 30-50cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts, will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact: Lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00782SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10cm, 10-30cm and 30-50cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts, will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact: Lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00785SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10cm, 10-30cm and 30-50cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact: lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00786SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10cm, 10-30cm and 30-50cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact:  Lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00796SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10cm, 10-30cm and 30-50cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact: Lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00788SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10cm, 10-30cm and 30-50cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact: Lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00799SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10cm, 10-30cm and 30-50cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact: Lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00791SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10 cm, 10-30 cm and 30-50 cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts, will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM

Contact: Lizzie von Perger

Ph: 9670 3106

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                   End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00779SA2

Project Aim

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program (as a whole) aims to assist farmers to improve their soil health and crop performance whilst reducing nutrient export to waterways by developing their skills and knowledge in nutrient management. Soil testing to depth and plant tissue analysis will be used to identify key soil constraints and opportunities for improved management. This project site is part of a multiple site trial, focusing on Nutrient Use Efficiency in catchments that have been identified as having the largest impact on water quality in the Avon/Swan River.

Project Description

The Nutrient Use Efficiency Program will provide farmers with the opportunity to assess their nutrient use efficiency on a nominated site. Soil samples will be collected from the depths 0-10cm, 10-30cm and 30-50cm and analysed along with plant tissue samples taken from the same set locations.  This soil/plant data as well as the paddock history information and yield results will be used to determine nutrient balances and assist in understanding the soil constraints that may be limiting crop uptake of nutrients from soil.  Wheatbelt NRM along with industry experts, will work with growers to evaluate management practices and highlight where efficiency gains may be made.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Landholder

Contact: Fiona Brayshaw

Ph: 9670 3100

Email: fbrayshaw@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

 Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2016                       End Date: 2018

Site ID: SA00752SA1

Area (Ha): 1359 ha

 

Project Aim

To use legume pastures and fallow rotations to reduce weed burden and improve soil health in low rainfall areas.

Project Description

Generally, the current farm practice to reclaim weed burdened and low fertility land is to allocate part of the farm (20-40%) to unproductive fallow for 1 or 2 years to control troublesome and resistant weed populations. However, particularly in low rainfall regions, fallow vegetation is inevitably of very low quality and clover based pastures often lack biomass and are too inconsistent to help with uniform soil fertility. Also, fallow paddocks are spray-topped in the early spring to prevent weed-seed set, but this does not guarantee that resistant weeds will be destroyed. Further, sheep grazing upon poor volunteer pastures are normally run at low stocking rates due to unstable soil structure and lack of biomass so farmers face associated costs of additional feed to maintain stock condition, or are unable to stock these areas.

Instead of using chemical fallow for multiple years, the land owners will trial using premium legume pastures and analyse their effectiveness for weed management and soil health and structure benefits in a low rainfall zone. The trial will also identify the appropriate herbicide package needed to maintain the system successfully in a cropping rotation.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Landholder

Contact: Fiona Brayshaw

Ph: 96703100

Email: fbrayshaw@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

 Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2014                       End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00022SA1

Area (Ha): 79 ha

 

Project Aim

To evaluate various mechanical soil amelioration techniques used to improve subsoil acidity, both with and without lime (chemical amelioration).

Project Description

Water Use Efficiency (WUE) is a key driver to optimizing yields and being sustainable in lower rainfall districts.  Crops need to be able to access the sub-soil to make full use of the soil moisture, but sub-soil constraints such as acidity, limit WUE. Soil acidification is recognized as a major soil constraint that is threatening both agricultural economic and natural resource throughout the productive agriculture areas of Western Australia.  It is one of the few soil constraints that can be treated, but questions remain about what is the best incorporation method (if at all), how long will the benefits last and is it economical (particularly in the WA central and eastern Wheatbelt).  All of these questions become key to its adoption.

Since the early nineties an extensive liming program has been implemented across the trial property, with many parts receiving in excess of 5 t/ha.  This has addressed the top soil pH, however pH levels in the subsoils (15-30cm) in many parts of the farm is still low and is potentially limiting access to water and nutrients.

This project will compare the incorporation of zero or 2t/ha of lime sand with deep ripping, one-way plough and spader combinations in a replicated plot trial, measuring their effects on crop production.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Landholder

Contact: Fiona Brayshaw

Ph: 9670 3100

Email: fbrayshaw@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

 Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2016                       End Date: 2018

Site ID: SA00364SA1

Area (Ha): 157 ha

 

Project Aim

Find suitable, nitrogen fixing, pasture species for heavy soil types to improve livestock carrying capacity and increase grazing days in a low rainfall region.

Project Description

Legume pastures can provide livestock feed, improve soil health and, once established, can reduce weed competition in paddocks. These benefits can make it a handy rotational option in cropping systems. However, the options for legume pastures on heavy clay soils in the dryer regions of the WA eastern Wheatbelt are limited and have variable success. This trial will test the establishment and use of different nitrogen fixing pasture species on heavy soil types in the Eastern Wheatbelt where sub clovers have had poor success.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, WA No Till Farmers Assoc.

Contact: Jo Wheeler

Ph: 9670 3100

Email: jwheeler@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2016                       End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00675SA1

Area (Ha): 

 

Project Aim

This trial aims to improve the soil’s ability to wet-up and increase the canola crop’s germination and yield by using summer scout crops prior to plant the canola break crop.

 

Project Description

This project will investigate soil scouting crops to improve canola establishment and yields on non-wetting sands. As we continue to experience increased spring/summer rainfall the concept of summer cropping becomes more feasible, allowing us to investigate the benefits and economic option to have crops growing 9 months of the year instead of 5-6. The inclusion of good break crops in the rotation is essential to keep the cereal crops productive, maintaining ground cover and improve soil health.

Poor establishment of the popular break crop canola on sandy non-wetting soils can be due to low ground cover and erosion, as is the case at this trial site. This trial will explore whether sowing legume and grass ‘scouting’ crops in spring (early October) into a cereal rye brown manure can improve the subsequent canola crop establishment and production, helping to restore the paddock’s overall productivity. By combining accurate GPS sowing and zero tillage, to minimise soil disturbance,  the trial aims to take advantage of the additional root pathways to assist water entering the soil after rainfall, as well as provide easy to follow root pathways for the canola crop.

 

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Landholder, Precision Agronomics

Contact: Lizzie von Perger

Ph: 96703100

Email: lvonperger@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                       End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00351SA1

Area (Ha): 156 ha

 

Project Aim

To evaluate the use of variable rate technology for optimizing nutrient and water use efficiency relative to traditional farming practices.

 

This will be done using spatial radiometric and electromagnetic (EM) surveys, with soil testing to map PAWC and nutritional status of the soil and identify zones for VRT input.  The soil zonation mapping will then be incorporated with yield data and Yield Prophet modelling to optimize inputs using VRT and evaluate the impact on whole of paddock input budgets and overall profit.

 

Given the textural variability within these paddocks, and consequently PAWC and yield potential variability such practice is likely to greatly enhance the efficiency of nutrient use and whole of paddock profit.

 

Project Description

The most limiting factor of a crop’s yield potential is the soils ability to store plant available water. This is mainly determined by the soil texture and the roots ability to penetrate down the soil profile.

 

Plant Available Water-holding Capacity (PAWC) is difficult to measure directly but is an important soil property that determines yield, deep drainage and nitrate leaching in our Mediterranean-type environment.  Properly ground-truthed geophysical surveys can be used estimate the spatial distribution of soil types and approximations of PAWC.

 

By using radiometrics and electromagnetics (EM) surveys, soil testing, yield data and Yield Prophet to determine soil’s PAWC and nutritional status we can develop variable rate maps to apply inputs using satellite guidance (GPS) technology. This in turn can be used to tailor fertiliser application rates to soil type and increase overall nutrient use efficiencies.

 

Many farms in the Western Australian grain-belt are equipped with yield mapping technology and have the ability to apply fertilizer at variable rates across paddock, but farmers are unsure how to determine rates for different zones.

 

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Landholder, DAFWA

Contact: Tracey Hobbs

Ph: 96703106

Email: thobbs@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                       End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00342SA1

Area (Ha): 3.5

 

Project Aim

To evaluate improvements to soil infiltration and productivity by increasing root penetration to subsoil that is impacted by compaction, sodicity or acidity, through incorporating lime, gypsum or organic matter.

 

By incorporating gypsum or chicken manure pellets to stabilize clay soils and addition lime to York Gum soils the benefits of deep ripping should be prolonged.

 

Project Description

With the low growing season rainfall, farmers in the eastern grain belt need to maximise the water and fertilizer use efficiency of their cropping systems.  Soil infiltration needs to be optimized to reduce the risk of runoff and plant root depths need to be maximized to ensuring that the roots can follow nutrients and water down the profile subsoil.

 

The answer is not as simple as tackling one issue rather looking at all of the elements and treating them together.  Treating soil compaction by deep ripping will not achieve long term benefits without addressing other soil constraints like soil acidity or sodicity.

 

Benefits to deep ripping the soils, in terms of increased grain production and improved infiltration behavior, should last longer when the clay soil is stabilized by the addition of gypsum or chicken manure pellets and when the York Gum soil is improved by the addition of lime.

 

The adoption of such improvements is very dependent on their duration; the longer the benefit the more economical and environmentally sustainable the one off cost of the establishment will be and therefore the adoption of the practice.

 

This trial site is co-located with and will add value to the GRDC trial “Minimising the impact of soil compaction on crop yield” project run by DAFWA.  This project linkage will enable greater trial assessment and increased extension potential on how to best manage soil compaction.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Lakes Grower Group

Contact: Fiona Brayshaw

Ph: 96703100

Email: fbrayshaw@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2015                       End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00345S

Area (Ha): 10.3

 

Project Aim

To evaluate the use of organic carbon based biostimulants on soil health and plant productivity in Western Australian cropping systems.

 

Project Description

The use of organic carbon based biostimulants is not a common practice in WA broadacre farming systems, but has the potential to improve soil structure allowing for better water penetration and increased availability of sol nutrients for crop utilisation and growth.

Blackjak is a concentrated liquid mixture of humic, fulvic and ulmic acids that is suitable for soil and foliar application. Humic acids are natural chelating agents so soil applications help to mobilize macro and micro nutrients. When used in heavy clay soils Blackjak may help break the clay bonds potentially making the soil lighter leading to an increase in microbial activity, air and water circulation and water retention.

Also to be trialed is a combination of a liquid carbon and a liquid soluble lime applied with UAN.  The liquid carbon RCC33 Reactive Carbon Complex holds nutrients (especially high analysis fertilisers) in a loosely charged carbon bond that permits plants to easily access this nutrition, thereby preventing waste and leaching. It also chelates and holds other macro and micro elements to supply a nutrient available and fertile area for root systems, microbes, oxygen and water to interact in a highly productive aerobic environment. The soluble lime contains effective volumes of plant available calcium to remediate soil acidity, salinity and sodicity to improve nutrient availability. CalSap is a liquid calcium that regulates plant nitrogen efficiency, improves phosphate efficiency, helps strengthen cell walls, improves plant risk remediation, improves pasture quality.

The project will test the use of Blackjak @ 2l/ha and combo – CalSap @ 7l/ha and RCC33 @ 14l/ha with liquid N compared to control areas, on soil attributes, crop plant tissue, grain yeild and grain quality.

 

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Project Delivery: Northern Agricultural Catchments Council

Contact: Sally Fenner

Phone: (08) 9938 0125

Email: sally.fenner@nacc.com.au

Website: www.nacc.com.au

Start Date: March 2014    End Date: June 2016

Site ID: INNOV-292-01

Size Area Ha: 42 ha  monitored with a  total treatment area of  675 ha

 

AIM:

The aim of this project is to improve soil health in the NAR through demonstrating principles to effectively ameliorate sub soil acidity. These sites will assess different lime rates and incorporation methods relative to each other in an attempt to find the best amelioration technique for different soil type/rainfall zone.

SITE DETAILS:

This site  was set out in two randomised blocks located west of Binnu on yellow sand plain comparing three rates of lime (0, 2 and 6 t/ha) with six incorporation treatments using a Mouldboard plough, Grizzly Deep Digger, Offset disks, one way plough, deep ripper and control plots with no incorporation.

SITE OUTCOMES:

The measurement of site results has not yet occurred so no outcomes are available at this time. A few observations have been made on-ground, the incorporation of lime by the Grizzly Deep Digger was better than expected although some issues were experienced seeding into plots recently treated with the Grizzly Deep Digger or mouldboard plough.

 

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Project Delivery: Energy Farmers Australia

Contact: Euan Beamont

Phone: (08) 9965 0259

Email: euan@energyfarmers.com.au

Website: www.energyfarmers.com.au

Supporting Organisation: Northern Agricultural Catchments Council

Website: www.nacc.com.au

Start Date: December 2014    End Date: May 2016

Site ID: 1512-05-04

Size Are Ha: 1

 

Project Aim

Many wheat farmers are burning wheat straw harvest rows to control chemical resistant weeds. Considering that wheat straw is quite high in potassium (K) and that K is a nutrient that is often limiting in low K soils, is there potential to process wheat straw through pyrolysis to produce renewable energy and use the by-product (biochar) to return K to soil types low in K. In effect, “mine” potassium from soil types high in K to use in soils low in K.

The trial will explore applications of wheat straw biochar at various rates to low potassium (K) soils to observe plant response in terms of yield, K availability to plants and economic impacts.

The trial will be carried out at Mungala Farm, Mullewa in a soil type typically low in potassium.

Methodology

Small plot trials will consist of a minimum of 3 replications for each treatment and include:

  • Control (No treatment)
  • Standard treatment with a traditional fertiliser
  • 4 x biochar treatments – At this point the analysis of the biochar being used is unavailable so application rates haven’t been set yet however would include something like:
    • Biochar with traditional (low K) fertiliser x 2 rates
    • Biochar only at  2 rates
  • Biochar would be applied with the fertilisers, either under (deep banded) or with the seed.

 

This project is being delivered by Energy Farmers Australia Pty Ltd and is supported by Northern Agricultural Catchments Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

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Project Delivery: West Midlands Group

Contact: Anne Wilkins

Phone: (08) 9651 4008

Email: anne@wmgroup.org.au

Website: www.wmgroup.org.au

Supporting Organisation: Northern Agricultural Catchments Council

Website: www.nacc.com.au

Start Date: December 2014    End Date: June 2016

Site ID: 1512-05-03

Size Are Ha: 10

 

Project Aim

The aim is to develop and test new approaches for incorporating lime into acidic subsoils for both non-wetting sandplain and gravelly soils.  It is expected that the incorporation of lime will help address non-wetting soil by inverting the topsoil while lifting subsoil seams to the surface.

The objective is to give growers a robust, reliable and cost effective system of inverting soils and achieving lime incorporation into acidic subsoils in a broadacre context. It is intended that the system is flexible so that it can be modified for different soil types and different situations across the State.

Methodology

This involves modification of a one-way discs (Chamberlain plough) in order to increase the inversion of the soil to a depth of at least 30cm (12 inches) for sandy soils and 25cm (10 inches) for gravel soils effectively incorporating surface applied lime into the subsoil.

The concept is to remove every second disc from the plough to allow for depth and trash control. A range of different sized discs are being trialled including 25 inch, 30 inch and 35 inch discs on the plough.  The implement is 5 metres wide, double the width of some mouldboard ploughs, allowing for greater speed and efficiency. This system reduces soil trenches and ridges compared to mouldboard ploughing. To minimise soil erosion the trial site is being seeded with a cover crop.

 

This project is being delivered by West Midlands Group and is supported by Northern Agricultural Catchments Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

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Project Delivery: West Midlands Group

Contact: Anne Wilkins

Phone: (08) 9651 4008

Email: anne@wmgroup.org.au

Website: www.wmgroup.org.au

Supporting Organisation: Northern Agricultural Catchments Council

Website: www.nacc.com.au

Start Date: November 2014 End Date: June 2016

Site ID: 1512-05-02

Size Are Ha: 1

 

Project Aim

This site presents a unique opportunity to answer some long term, soil fertility questions resulting from the development of sandy soils in the Northern Agricultural Region that have arisen with the rediscovery of a trial, 80Ba6, which was laid down in 1980 at Badgingarra. This trial is now showing residual effects, nearly 30 years after it was last assessed.

The questions this site addresses are: Does the blue lupin revolution for building soil fertility on Midlands light soils (fostered by Sir Eric Smart in the 1950s) have consequences and provide insights to current soil management questions? Are there implications for soil acidification? What are the potential soil carbon fertility improvements under long term regenerating lupins? Does a long term lupin history accelerate soil non-wetting properties? How does the fertiliser history interact with soil acidification and conservation of the soil resource?

Methodology

In the first year, a comprehensive review of all existing results from the early 1980s is being undertaken. The site treatment plan will be confirmed and treatment areas pegged out.
Selected treatment profiles will be soil sampled and characterised to determine differences in soil fertility related to the major treatment differences. Assessments include general soil fertility measures such as soil pH and aluminium levels, exchangeable cations and Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC), P leaching, carbon sequestration, and soil wettability. An innovative drone system (Riethmuller, DAFWA, Merredin) for taking detailed aerial shots of the plots from close range is being used in both years

In the second year the site will be cropped to give a bioassay of the soil fertility levels. The original plots will be crossed with plus/minus P and nitrogen (N) fertiliser treatments to measure the response to these nutrients at their different soil levels resulting from the original treatments.

 

This project is being delivered by West Midlands Group and is supported by Northern Agricultural Catchments Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Landholder

Contact: Guy Boggs

Ph: 9670 3112

Email: gboggs@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2014                        End Date: 2017

Area (Ha): 67

 

Project Aim

The aim of this project is to study the movement of the applied lime though the soil profile and to identify any potential subsoil constraints.

 

Project Description

This trial will investigate the fate of 2.5t of lime applied in early 2014 to a poor-performing paddock to ameliorate the top soil pH, which was around 4.2-4.5. This lime input should address the top soil acidity but there may be other potential subsoil constraints (possible subsoil acidity or aluminium toxicity) affecting the soil performance. This trial will investigate these issues using EM38 and soil testing to depth. This will also indicate if and how the top dressed lime is moving through the profile.

 

Project Outputs

Project outputs will be added once the trial has been completed.

 

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Landholder

Contact: Guy Boggs

Ph: 96703112

Email: mailto:gboggs@wheatbeltnnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2014                         End Date: 2017

 Area (Ha): 178

 

Project Aim

The aim of this demonstration site is to assess the impact of incorporating mulch from existing oil mallee belts in the alleys between the belts and determine if it  increases the soil carbon content and improves the soil biology.

 

Project Description

Existing oil mallee belts will be harvested and mulched in a one pass operation and then spread on the cropped area between the belts providing a source of carbon/organic matter. The cropped alley will also have a microbial based compost tea sprayed onto it with the aim that this will inoculate the oil mallee mulch with active microbes which may not currently exist in the cropped paddock due to conventional cropping practices. Click here for more information on carbon farming.

 

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Project outputs will be added once the trial has been completed.

 

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Landholder

Contact: Tracey Hobbs

Ph: 96703106

Email: thobbs@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2014             End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00043SA2

Area (Ha): 280

 

Project Aim

The goal of this project is to compare two farm management systems within the valley floor (with and without sheep) and their effects on the soil.

 

Project Description

This trial will compare two paddocks that have up until now been managed in the same way. The trial is located in a heavy clay valley floor where the paddocks have seen a cropping/grazing (sheep) management system. The property is starting to move towards controlled traffic farming so the landholder wants to investigate the impacts that sheep have on the soil in this system, as well as if there are any other possible constraints happening at depth across these paddocks.

 

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Project outputs will be added once the trial has been completed.

 

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Intensive soil testing to depth following liming
November 132014

Project Details

Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Landholder

Contact: Guy Boggs

Ph: 9670 3112

Email: gboggs@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2014             End Date: 2016

 Area (Ha): 33,000 ha

 

Project Aim

The goal of this project is to fully  assess the extent of subsoil constraints across the cropping system.

 

Project Description

This trial will undertake  a comprehensive soil testing program across the whole cropping system down to 30cm, evaluating mid and subsoil characteristics. It is expected that it will take four years to monitor the soil  to fully evaluate the extent of subsoil constraints across the 33,000ha cropping program. Preliminary indications have been that subsoil acidity is a limiting factor to productivity and an outcome of this investment is to make more informed input decisions to improve productivity, profitability and soil health.

 

Project Outputs

Project outputs will be added once the trial has been completed.

 

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Landholder

Contact: Tracey Hobbs

Ph: 96703106

Email: thobbs@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2014             End Date: 2016

Site ID: SA00038SA2

Area (Ha):52

 

Project Aim

This trial aims to analyse the impact of applying cattle feedlot solid waste (manure) to the cropping system.

 

Project Description

Each year the beef cattle feedlot produces large amounts of manure waste, a resource which they wish to utilize as a source of nutrient supply for crops and pastures on the farm.

 

Project Outputs

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Liebe Group

Contact: Tracey Hobbs

Ph: 96703106

Email: thobbs@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2014             End Date: 2016

Site ID: SA00030SA2

Area (Ha): TBC

 

Project Aim

The primary aim of this trial is to investigate which soil renovation technique proves to help the most with water conservation.

 

Project Description

Through the use of a soil moisture probe this project will explore the potential role of biotechnology in helping Western Australian cropping and pastoral industries meet the challenges of climate change and help farmers adapt their farm management systems to meet the predicted impacts of climate change.  The data from the moisture probes will be used to inform growers about which amelioration techniques to utilise for moisture retention.

The project will demonstrate the differences in soil amelioration practices and monitor the impact these have on:

  • water holding capacity;
  • water infiltration.

 

Project Outputs

Project outputs will be added once the trial has been completed.

 

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Landholder

Contact: Guy Boggs

Ph: 9670 3112

Email:mailto:gboggs@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Start Date: 2014                        End Date: 2015

Area (Ha): 62

 

Project Aim

The goal of this project is to gain knowledge of how to use soil type information to inform variable lime applications across a paddock.

 

Project Description

This trial will carry out soil tests across the paddock at different depths to:

  • learn how the applied lime has been incorporated through the soil profile;
  • understand the different soil types present in the paddock in order to manage the lime application more efficiently.

The trial will be carried out on a paddock that has had lime applied and incorporated using a mouldboard plough. The soil testing will also be used to examine whether the mouldboard ploughing has increased the incorporation of lime through the soil profile.

 

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Urban waste compost demonstration
November 132014

Project Details

Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Duli Group (with support from NutraRich)

Contact: Fiona Brayshaw

Ph: 96703100

Email: fbrayshaw@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

 Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2014                       End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00021SA1

Area (Ha): Three sites (10.6 ha, 12.7 ha, 11.8 ha)

Project Aim

The aim of this demonstration is to test the potential soil and crop benefits and practicality of applying compost produced by NutraRich which is sourced from waste supplied by the South Metropolitan Regional Council refuse facility in Perth.

Project Description

Most WA soils are low in organic matter and nutrients and have low nutrient retention capacity. Crop and pasture production has traditionally relied on regular application of chemical fertilisers to supply nutrients but they do not replenish organic matter.  Presence of soil organic matter improves water-use efficiency, nutrient retention and supply, which are elements important for overall soil fertility and health.

The use of composted refuse products as a soil ameliorant in Wheatbelt farming systems of the Avon River Basin could potentially provide a number of benefits including:
1. Assist in the amelioration of soil constraints.
2. Provide nutrients and carbon for broadacre agriculture, enhancing fertiliser use and crop resilience
3. Support the development of markets for the use of composted refuse products.

The use of compost on broad-acre farms in WA is limited by transport costs, therefore this demonstration will use a moderate quality compost to reduce costs. If the benefits are found to outweigh the costs then the product will be worth considering for broad-acre farms.

This demonstration will monitor soil moisture holding capacity, pH, soil biology and cation exchange capacity aswell as crop yield and grain quality on three farm sites in Cadoux that have had compost applied @ 2.5t/ha, 5t/ha and 10t/ha

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Living Farm

Contact: Tracey Hobbs

Ph: 96703106

Email: thobbs@wheatbeltnrm.org.au 

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2014             End Date: 2016

Site ID: SA00020SA1

Area (Ha): 0.1

 

Project Aim

This project will trial whether chicken manure (with or without additives) can be used as a nitrogen source for growing broadacre grain crops, substituting traditional inorganic fertiliser.

 

Project Description

Cropping farmers are increasingly looking towards cheap, alternative, more organic fertiliser options. A good opportunity for them is to utilise the waste associated with poultry farming (including chicken manure and the bedding material derived from waste forest products and thinnings).

The primary outcome of this trial is to show that chicken manure (with or without additives) can be used as a nitrogen source for growing broadacre grain crops (substituted for traditional inorganic fertiliser). A secondary outcome will be to assess the effect or otherwise of combining Biochar produced from forestry thinnings with the manure.

Outside of the direct benefits of its use as fertiliser for the Avon Valley Basin there are three major outcomes:

  • it will act as a market for currently non-utilised forestry products and thinnings;
  • it will assist in the disposal of chicken manure and bedding;
  • it will return some of these nutrients and carbon back into the regions where they were originally sourced from.

 

Project Outputs

In this trial:
 There was no effect on plant establishment between any of the treatments
 Crop vigour was increased through the application of Phosphorus and Potassium (P + K) Starter fertilizer. With Manure based treatments showing equivalent vigour to the Sulphate of Ammonia (SOA).
 Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) reflectance was increased through the application of P + K Starter fertilizer, with no significant difference between treatments applied before or after sowing.
 Crop yield results reflected vigour and NDVI data.
 All treatments containing P + K Starter were significantly higher yielding than treatments containing no starter and the untreated control.
 Manure and Manure/Char/Urea treatments showed equivalent yield results to SOA treatments.
 Significant differences in protein concentrations were identified between the treatments. These differences appear to be related to yield- with the higher yielding plots showing lower protein levels

 

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Landholder

Contact: Guy Boggs

Ph: 9670 3112

Email: mailto:gboggs@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2014             End Date: 2016

Area (Ha): 227

 

Project Aim

The aim of this project is to compare the effects of growing lupins as cash crop versus growing lupins for brown manuring.  The process of brown manuring may contribute to the overall soil carbon storage, improve soil nutrition and remove weed seeds.

 

Project Description

This demonstration will illustrate three systems:

  • brown manuring of lupins;
  • district practice of growing lupins for harvest;
  • fallow treatment (including spray topping prior to seed set).

The brown manuring of lupins will also provide a site for demonstrating a practice that has the capability of improving soil carbon storage and may be considered as part of a carbon farming system (see the Green and Brown Manuring Carbon Farming Fact Sheet for further information)

 

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Moving towards microbial based agriculture
November 132014

Project Details

Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Landholder

Contact: Guy Boggs

Ph: 9670 3112

Email: gboggs@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2014                         End Date: 2016

 

Area (Ha): 18

 

Project Aim

The aim of this trial is to assess how the application of alternative fertilisers, compost and microbial compost tea, affect the growth and yield potential of a cereal crop.

 

Project Description

Farmers are becoming increasingly more aware of the importance of soil biology and how composts and teas can influence the health of their soils and crops. This site will trial the incorporation of compost and home brewed compost tea in the cropping program as an alternative use of conventional fertilisers and monitor the effects.

 

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Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Landholder

Contact: Guy Boggs

Ph: 9670 3112

Email: mailto:gboggs@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2014             End Date: 2015

Area (Ha): 186

 

Project Aim

The goal of this project is to study how previously applied lime is moving through the soil profile and identify any potential soil constraints.

 

Project Description

This trial will be undertaken on a site that is highly variable, with pH varying considerably across the paddock. The site has had pH ameliorants applied over 2013 and 2014.  This trial will carry out sampling of the soil profiles to depth across the paddock to evaluate the effects of the ameliorant through the soil and to identify any other potential subsurface constraints.  The paddock will also be Electromagnetic (EM) surveyed to determine if there are any other soil constraints present and develop an understanding of the spatial variation in soil properties across the paddock and their effect on lime movement through the soil profile.

 

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Project Delivery: Fitzgerald Biosphere Group

Contact: Kathi McDonald or Penni Hewett

Email: kathim@southcoastnrm.com.au or pennih@southcoastnrm.com.au

Website:  South Coast NRM Land theme

Start Date:  June 2014                End Date:  June 2015

Site Location: Gairdner, Western Australia

Site ID: C222c2

Project Aim:

This trial is one of two set up to compare four approaches to nutrient management in order to optimise grower returns in nutrient depleted and acidic soils.  The project aims to provide independent and impartial results of trialing information on four nutrient systems (farmer practice, Col Bowey, HiTech and CSBP) and identify a nutrient system that improves soil health in nutrient depleted soils with no yield penalty – to identify a nutrient system that is cost effective, accessible and sustainable.  The project crosses two rainfall zones and both sites’ soil types are representative across the Jerramungup Shire

The four nutrient management approaches are compared in a randomised block design of three replicates.  Measurements such as root to shoot ratios, crop yield, soil chemical analysis and monitoring of organic soil carbon levels will be taken, along with chemical herbicide residue measurements and soil biological assays.  For 2014 the Gairdner site is sown to wheat.

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Project Delivery: Fitzgerald Biosphere Group

Contact: Kathi McDonald or Penni Hewett

Email: kathim@southcoastnrm.com.au or pennih@southcoastnrm.com.au

Website:  South Coast NRM Land theme

Start Date:  June 2014                End Date:  June 2015

Site Location: Jerramungup, Western Australia

Site ID: C222c1

Project Aim:

This trial is one of two set up to compare four approaches to nutrient management in order to optimise grower returns in nutrient depleted and acidic soils.  The project aims to provide independent and impartial results of trialing information on four nutrient systems (farmer practice, Col Bowey, HiTech and CSBP) and identify a nutrient system that improves soil health in nutrient depleted soils with no yield penalty – to identify a nutrient system that is cost effective, accessible and sustainable.  The project crosses two rainfall zones and both sites’ soil types are representative across the Jerramungup Shire.

The four nutrient management approaches are compared in a randomised block design of three replicates.  Measurements such as root to shoot ratios, crop yield, soil chemical analysis and monitoring of organic soil carbon levels will be taken, along with chemical herbicide residue measurements and soil biological assays.  For 2014 the Jerramungup site is sown to field peas.

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Project Delivery: Fitzgerald Biosphere Group

Contact: Kathi McDonald or Penni Hewett

Email: kathim@southcoastnrm.com.au or pennih@southcoastnrm.com.au

Website:  South Coast NRM Land theme

Start Date:  June 2014                End Date:  June 2015

Site Location: Various sites in the Jerramungup shire

Site ID: C205

Project Aim:

A large proportion of soils in the region are highly susceptible to wind erosion.  An increase in no-till practices in the last decade has helped to control this problem, but some farmers require support to protect highly erodible sandy soils in targeted areas where a lack of management would impact on key biodiversity assets.  Improving sustainable land practices and reducing erosion events through restricting stock access and establishing vegetation, will have a positive impact on productivity and the health of catchments.

The project  facilitates practice change for erosion control in priority areas in the largely cleared catchments draining in to the Fitzgerald River National Park through fencing to exclude stock and protect remnant vegetation, re vegetation, shelter belts and the establishment of native fodders on marginal and erodible soils.

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Managing sandy blow-outs and non-wetting soils through claying
September 242014

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Project Delivery: North Stirlings Pallinup Natural Resources

Contact: Kathi McDonald or Penni Hewett

Email: kathim@southcoastnrm.com.au or pennih@southcoastnrm.com.au

Website:  South Coast NRM Land theme

Start Date:  October 2013                End Date:  June 2015

Site Location: Borden, Western Australia

Site ID: C208

Project Aim:

The project aims to establish a series of demonstration sites to show amelioration techniques to avoid or correct soil erosion on sandy blow-out soils, including the use of claying.  Several sites will be soil sampled and analysis done to determine what some of the causes of these sandy blow-outs might be, and appropriate amelioration and management strategies will then be applied and groundcover and plant growth will be monitored.

The project will also be maintaining and collecting measurements from a previously established soil acidity trial to encourage extension of the demonstrated management practices to other landholders in the area.

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Project Delivery: Stirlings to Coast Farmers

Contact: Kathi McDonald or Penni Hewett

Email: kathim@southcoastnrm.com.au or pennih@southcoastnrm.com.au

Website:  South Coast NRM Land theme

Start Date:  June 2014                End Date:  June 2015

Site Location: Tenterden, Western Australia

Site ID: C222e

Project Aim:

This trial is investigating different methods of lime incorporation (banding, injection, spading or deep ripping, soil inversion techniques) and their effect on soil pH response – time and magnitude.  Crop growth will also be measured.  The first year will include spreading lime at different rates across the trial and establishing a base line data set of pH and soil attributes, with the different incorporation treatments being applied in early 2015.

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Economic and scientific assessment of direct soil survey for soil acidity management
September 242014

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Project Delivery: Precision SoilTech

Contact: Kathi McDonald or Penni Hewett

Email: kathim@southcoastnrm.com.au or pennih@southcoastnrm.com.au

Website:  South Coast NRM Land theme

Start Date:  June 2014                End Date:  June 2015

Site Location: various sites from the Stirling Ranges to South Coast area, Western Australia

Site ID: C222d

Project Aim:

This project will evaluate soil sampling density requirements for the production of accurate but cost effective variable rate technology (VRT) maps for soil acidity and nutrient status.  This will then enable affordable zone management of lime application on-farm.  The project involves intensive soil sampling across a range of paddocks south from the Stirling Ranges to the south coast.  Different sampling densities will be analysed for useful accuracy against the cost of more intensive sampling so that an ideal (accurate but still affordable) sampling density can be determined.  VRT maps for sampled paddocks will be produced for the landholders involved in the project, and appropriate lime rates and strategies can then be devised to improve the management of soil acidity on-farm.

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Project Delivery: South East Premium Wheatgrowers Association

Contact: Kathi McDonald or Penni Hewett

Email: kathim@southcoastnrm.com.au or pennih@southcoastnrm.com.au

Website:  South Coast NRM Land theme

Start Date:  June 2014             End Date:  June 2015

Site Location: Various locations across the Esperance shire, Western Australia

Site ID: C222f

Project Aim:

A number of growers in the Esperance region will be guided through spatial definition of soils to create a variable rate (VR) lime strategy for their paddocks.  The project will utilise proven precision agriculture (PA) methodology developed in the northern wheatbelt combined with long term NRM objectives to help farmers make informed decisions on precise lime requirements.  Targeting lime to those areas that really require it, with appropriate rates, should prove cost effective for farmers and aid them in improving the health of their soil resource, and boost their productivity.

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Project Delivery: South East Premium Wheatgrowers Association

Contact: Kathi McDonald or Penni Hewett

Email: kathim@southcoastnrm.com.au or pennih@southcoastnrm.com.au

Website:  South Coast NRM Land theme

Start Date:  June 2014                End Date:  June 2015

Site Location: Esperance shire, Western Australia

Site ID: C222g

Project Aim:

This project aims to investigate the bluegum to crop/pasture conversion process via a number of case studies of local farmers in the Esperance region who have embarked on the conversion process.  The project will capture the experiences of early adopting farmers in the Esperance shire to better understand the implications of the land use conversion.  A focus will be on the soil monitoring of 3 sites which will create base line data for long term NRM resource condition monitoring, with particular attention payed to maintaining ground cover throughout the conversion process to reduce the risk of soil erosion.

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Managing non-wetting soils in the Cranbrook area
September 242014

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Project Delivery: Gillamii Centre

Contact: Kathi McDonald or Penni Hewett

Email: kathim@southcoastnrm.com.au or pennih@southcoastnrm.com.au

Website:  South Coast NRM Land theme

Start Date:  October 2013                End Date:  June 2015

Site Location: Tunney, Western Australia

Site ID: C206a

Project Aim:

This trial is one of two that have been set up to examine a range of management options for non-wetting soils, including banded wetters, claying and soil inversion techniques.  This site is established on a forest gravel soil.  The trial is a replicated randomised block design with 3 replicates of each treatment.  The aim is to determine the most effective approach of addressing non-wetting soils to enhance crop growth, carbon sequestration and reduce run-off.  In subsequent years, paddock scale strip trials will demonstrate the most effective treatments from the small scale trial to landholders.

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Managing non-wetting soils in the Cranbrook area
September 242014

Project Details

Project Delivery: Gillamii Centre

Contact: Kathi McDonald or Penni Hewett

Email: kathim@southcoastnrm.com.au or pennih@southcoastnrm.com.au

Website:  South Coast NRM Land theme

Start Date:  October 2013                End Date:  June 2015

Site Location: Cranbrook

Site ID: C206b

Project Aim:

This trial is one of two that have been set up to examine a range of management options for non-wetting soils, including banded wetters, claying and soil inversion techniques.  This site is established on a sandy soil.  The trial is a replicated randomised block design with 3 replicates of each treatment.  The aim is to determine the most effective approach of addressing non-wetting soils to enhance crop growth, carbon sequestration and reduce run-off.  In subsequent years, paddock scale strip trials will demonstrate the most effective treatments from the small scale trial to landholders.

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September 42014

Agtrialsites is a cross regional NRM WA initiative that aims to provide information on sustainable agriculture projects across Western Australia.

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Alternative Fertiliser Treatments

Alternative Fertiliser Treatments

Darkan, Western Australia

August 282014

This trial will independently test the products of two alternative fertilisers, measure the soil and crop responses (if any), investigate whether the addition of microbes has any tangible difference and begin to gain an understanding of how these products work.

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Stubble Retention

Stubble Retention

Mayanup, Western Australia

August 282014

Demonstrating soil health benefits of promoting stubble breakdown using stubble crunching and fish emulsion compared to burning.

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Pasture in Cropping Rotation

Pasture in Cropping Rotation

Nyabing, Western Australia

August 282014

Understanding the changes in soil pH and biology under a cereal/canola/cereal rotation as compared to a cereal/pasture/cereal rotation.

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Crop Nutrition Strategies

Crop Nutrition Strategies

Beaufort River, Western Australia

August 272014

Trialing alternative nutrient management strategies aimed at improving soil health and comparing to conventional approaches.

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Balancing Phosphorus and Lime

Balancing Phosphorus and Lime

Kojonup, Western Australia

August 272014

Trialing the response of crops on soils with excess phosphorus and low pH to reduced phosphorus and increased lime application.

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Claying demonstration

Claying demonstration

Dumbleyung, Western Australia

August 272014

Incorporation of clay to improve soil structure, manage nutrient addition and improve productivity in the Dumbleyung area.

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Summer Crops

Summer Crops

Katanning, Western Australia

August 272014

Trialling the viability of summer crops such as black sunflowers, sorghum and millet in the Katanning region

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Pasture Cropping into Kikuyu

Pasture Cropping into Kikuyu

Jingalup, Western Australia

August 252014

This project aims to test if pasture cropping of kikuyu in the southern wheat belt area is sustainable and how it impacts on crop yields, ground cover and nutrient retention.

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  • Profitability of crop production following various legume pastures in comparison to a chemical fallow

    Profitability of crop production following various legume pastures in comparison to a chemical fallow

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  • Comparison of the benefits of deep ripping with inclusion plates to 700mm across three typical Wheatbelt WA soil types.

    Comparison of the benefits of deep ripping with inclusion plates to 700mm across three typical Wheatbelt WA soil types.

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  • Understanding the implications of rotations in a low rainfall zone (Practice for Profit Trial)

    Understanding the implications of rotations in a low rainfall zone (Practice for Profit Trial)

    Cropping

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  • Comparing tillage practices to address non-wetting soils in the Corrigin area

    Comparing tillage practices to address non-wetting soils in the Corrigin area

    Cropping

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  • Understanding the implications of rotations in a low rainfall zone of the wheatbelt

    Understanding the implications of rotations in a low rainfall zone of the wheatbelt

    Cropping

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  • Earlier returns on investment using different sources of lime and deep ripping

    Earlier returns on investment using different sources of lime and deep ripping

    Cropping

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  • Soil testing to depth to better highlight subsoil acidification issues

    Soil testing to depth to better highlight subsoil acidification issues

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – South Dowerin

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – South Dowerin

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Waeel

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Waeel

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Wyalkatchem

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Wyalkatchem

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Wongan Hills

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Wongan Hills

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Goomalling

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Goomalling

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Southern Brook

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Southern Brook

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – York

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – York

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – York

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – York

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Southern Brook

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Southern Brook

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Northam

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Northam

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Doodenanning

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Doodenanning

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Wongan Hills

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Wongan Hills

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Goomalling

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Goomalling

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Meckering

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Meckering

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Waeel

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Waeel

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Beverley

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Beverley

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Tammin

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Tammin

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Bullaring

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Bullaring

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – York

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – York

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Cunderdin

    Nutrient Use Efficiency Demonstration Site R3 – Cunderdin

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Use of annual legume pastures as a tool to reclaim high weed burden/low fertility cropping areas in a low rainfall region

    Use of annual legume pastures as a tool to reclaim high weed burden/low fertility cropping areas in a low rainfall region

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Comparing Different Soil Amelioration Techniques to Improve Subsoil Acidity

    Comparing Different Soil Amelioration Techniques to Improve Subsoil Acidity

    Cropping

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  • Establishing and managing pasture species suitable for heavier soil types

    Establishing and managing pasture species suitable for heavier soil types

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Summer active soil scouting crops to improve canola establishment and yields on non-wetting sands

    Summer active soil scouting crops to improve canola establishment and yields on non-wetting sands

    Cropping

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  • Mapping Plant Available Water-Holding Capacity (PAWC) using EM and Radiometric Surveying

    Mapping Plant Available Water-Holding Capacity (PAWC) using EM and Radiometric Surveying

    Cropping

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  • Improving low rainfall cropping subsoils for better water use efficiency, better yield and improved soil health

    Improving low rainfall cropping subsoils for better water use efficiency, better yield and improved soil health

    Cropping

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  • The effect of organic based bio-stimulants on soil health and plant growth

    The effect of organic based bio-stimulants on soil health and plant growth

    Cropping

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  • Demonstrating principles of ameliorating sub surface pH to improve soil health

    Demonstrating principles of ameliorating sub surface pH to improve soil health

    Cropping

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  • Response and Availability of Potassium in Wheat Crops to Applications of Biochar

    Response and Availability of Potassium in Wheat Crops to Applications of Biochar

    Cropping

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  • Developing and Testing Innovative, Practical and Reliable Methods for Incorporating Lime into Acidic Sand Plain Subsoils

    Developing and Testing Innovative, Practical and Reliable Methods for Incorporating Lime into Acidic Sand Plain Subsoils

    Cropping

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  • Long Term Fertility Lesson for West Midlands Sands

    Long Term Fertility Lesson for West Midlands Sands

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Investigating subsoil constraints and how lime moves through the soil profile

    Investigating subsoil constraints and how lime moves through the soil profile

    Cropping

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  • Using Oil Mallee woodchips to increase soil carbon & biology

    Using Oil Mallee woodchips to increase soil carbon & biology

    Agroforestry, Cropping

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  • Comparing different farming techniques on valley floor compaction

    Comparing different farming techniques on valley floor compaction

    Cropping

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  • Intensive soil testing to depth following liming

    Intensive soil testing to depth following liming

    Cropping

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  • Using cattle feedlot solid waste to increase soil organic carbon and nutrient status

    Using cattle feedlot solid waste to increase soil organic carbon and nutrient status

    Cropping

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  • Innovative Amelioration and Water Management Strategies in the WA Wheatbelt Region

    Innovative Amelioration and Water Management Strategies in the WA Wheatbelt Region

    Cropping

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  • Soil testing to prepare for variable rate technology and to assess lime incorporation

    Soil testing to prepare for variable rate technology and to assess lime incorporation

    Cropping

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  • Urban waste compost demonstration

    Urban waste compost demonstration

    Cropping

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  • Blending poultry manure, biochar and forestry products to develop fertiliser and soil carbon for broadacre farms

    Blending poultry manure, biochar and forestry products to develop fertiliser and soil carbon for broadacre farms

    Cropping

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  • Benefits of a legume in sustainable farming systems

    Benefits of a legume in sustainable farming systems

    Cropping

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  • Moving towards microbial based agriculture

    Moving towards microbial based agriculture

    Cropping

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  • Testing to depth to see how ameliorants work through the profile and investigating possible subsoil constraints

    Testing to depth to see how ameliorants work through the profile and investigating possible subsoil constraints

    Cropping

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  • Nutrient systems trial for agricultural sustainability in the Western Fitzgerald Biosphere

    Nutrient systems trial for agricultural sustainability in the Western Fitzgerald Biosphere

    Cropping

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  • Nutrient systems trial for agricultural sustainability in the Western Fitzgerald Biosphere

    Nutrient systems trial for agricultural sustainability in the Western Fitzgerald Biosphere

    Cropping

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  • Reducing soil erosion through strategic revegetation and shelterbelts in the Western Fitzgerald Biosphere

    Reducing soil erosion through strategic revegetation and shelterbelts in the Western Fitzgerald Biosphere

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Managing sandy blow-outs and non-wetting soils through claying

    Managing sandy blow-outs and non-wetting soils through claying

    Cropping

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  • Lime efficiency – determining lime responses from incorporating lime to manage top and subsoil acidity

    Lime efficiency – determining lime responses from incorporating lime to manage top and subsoil acidity

    Cropping

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  • Economic and scientific assessment of direct soil survey for soil acidity management

    Economic and scientific assessment of direct soil survey for soil acidity management

    Cropping

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  • PA helping pH – Using precision agriculture technology for long term pH management

    PA helping pH – Using precision agriculture technology for long term pH management

    Cropping

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  • Bluegum realitiy – ensuring sustainable conversion of forestry land to crop and pasture

    Bluegum realitiy – ensuring sustainable conversion of forestry land to crop and pasture

    Agroforestry, Cropping, Grazing

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  • Managing non-wetting soils in the Cranbrook area

    Managing non-wetting soils in the Cranbrook area

    Cropping

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  • Managing non-wetting soils in the Cranbrook area

    Managing non-wetting soils in the Cranbrook area

    Cropping

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  • Agroforestry, Cropping, Dairy, Grazing, Horticulture, Technology, Viticulture

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  • Alternative Fertiliser Treatments

    Alternative Fertiliser Treatments

    Cropping

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  • Stubble Retention

    Stubble Retention

    Cropping

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  • Pasture in Cropping Rotation

    Pasture in Cropping Rotation

    Cropping, Grazing

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  • Crop Nutrition Strategies

    Crop Nutrition Strategies

    Cropping

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  • Balancing Phosphorus and Lime

    Balancing Phosphorus and Lime

    Cropping

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  • Claying demonstration

    Claying demonstration

    Cropping

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  • Summer Crops

    Summer Crops

    Cropping

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  • Pasture Cropping into Kikuyu

    Pasture Cropping into Kikuyu

    Cropping, Grazing

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