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Improving soil health and carbon sequestration of degraded soils when sown to mixed perennial shrubs

 

Summer rain ideal for summer crop trial
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Wheatbelt farmer Stephen Smith has chosen an absolute ripper of a year to trial summer cropping program on his Cunderdin farm.

 

The four winter cropping varieties sown in the summer months will be grazed for livestock feed to help bridge the autumn feed gap.

 

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Recent widespread rainfall in Western Australia has caused damage to agricultural businesses across the regions.

 

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is working with local government and other government departments to provide support to affected landholders.

 

Livestock feed after heavy summer rains
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It’s coming to one of the critical times of year when lambs are dropping and ewes need high nutrition to produce good milk to get the little fellas fat. However, recent rains have washed out a lot of nutrition in the crop stubbles and weeds need to be sprayed out ready for crops leaving very little feed for livestock. Hello Autumn Feed Gap!

Wheatbelt Sustainable Agriculture trial sites on show
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Head along to the following Research / Crop Updates this March to learn more about some of our successful Trials and Demonstrations sites in the region.

 

2016 crop rotations trials
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Understanding the implications of crop rotations in a low rainfall zone of the Wheatbelt

 

Claying sandy soils to increase water availability
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By claying sandy soils to increase water availability

 

Production on Trevor and Renae Syme’s farm in Bolgart, WA was suffering from non-wetting soils that became more prevalent during drier years, affecting up to 80% of the land.

 

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By increasing lime application after subsoil testing

 

Rob Sawyer’s farm in Dalwallinu, WA was experiencing a loss of crop productivity due to subsoil acidity.

 

Growing biodiverse forage shrubs on salt affected land
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By growing biodiverse forage shrubs on salt affected land

 

Large areas on the farms of the O’Brien and Fleay families in Wickepin, WA had become unproductive for grazing or cropping due to rising salinity levels.

 

Managing water repellent soils to increase yields
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By managing water repellent soils to increase yields

 

Damien and Vanessa Leeson’s farm in Goomalling, WA needed help with its sandy, water repellent soils which were reducing their crop production.

 

These soils are common in the Wheatbelt and are a major concern for many growers in the region.

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