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Sustainable Industries

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Innovative sustainable agriculture trial sites being managed with landholders and grower groups
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Farms participating in improved nutrient management demonstration sites
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Seedlings provided to establish sustainable and profitable form production systems using perennial plants
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Field days and workshops supported highlighting sustainable agriculture farming practices

 

Wheatbelt NRM's Sustainable Industries program helps landholders maintain a productive agricultural industry that is environmentally sustainable.

 

The Sustainable Industries program works to increase the number of landholders using management practices that improve our natural resources. This includes benefits to biodiversity, soil health and water quality, while increasing production, income and resilience. To achieve these outcomes, we:

  • promote and support innovation in sustainable cropping and grazing practices
  • encourage using soil nutrient management practices that have environmental benefits
  • promote carbon farming activities
  • support trial and demonstration sites
  • promote the biodiversity benefits of agroforestry alongside traditional farming systems
  • add perennial plants into agricultural systems for biodiversity, water and soil outcomes
  • support decision-making processes to help landholders choose suitable management methods
  • identify and develop innovative technologies to improve NRM in the Wheatbelt
  • help the community build networks, knowledge and skills to run onground NRM projects and increase sustainable agricultural practices

The farm practice change model underpins the Sustainable Industries program. The model describes the process that farmers follow when making decisions to alter farming practices – from motivation to trialling and exploration to adopting the change. We build strong relationships with our community over years, not months, so that regional NRM goals are included when making everyday decisions on farm practices.

Community Input
We are always looking for community input into our programs. If you have new ideas for activities on your lands, contact the Sustainable Industries Project Managers on 08 9670 3100 to discuss your ideas or submit your project idea to us.
What’s happening in the Wheatbelt and beyond?

AGTRIALSITES Portal
The AGTRIALSITES website showcases sustainable agriculture trials across Western Australia. It aims to encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing throughout the WA NRM community. The website features trial and demonstration sites across a range of industries, including viticulture, horticulture, intensive grazing, broadacre cropping/grazing, agroforestry, and pastoral grazing. Topics vary from sandalwood to saltbush, compost to lime, dung beetle to blue gums – all with production and environmental benefits. Trial and demonstration sites will be updated over time.

Visit the site to provide feedback and comments via the "Post Reply" box.

Sustainable Industries Projects

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Pasture species for heavier soil types
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Establishing & managing pasture species suitable for heavier soil types

 

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The results are starting to trickle in post-harvest on a trial to find the best way to apply lime on Wheatbelt farmer Stephen Dolton’s Bruce Rock property.

 

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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.

 

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AGM 2013 - Food Security, Dr Julian Cribb

Dr Julian Cribb discusses food security and other topics from his book 'The Coming Famine'

Talkin' Soil Health Conference summary

Talkin' Soil Health Conference Overview

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The Team