What We Do

Sustainable Industries

Innovative sustainable agriculture trial sites being managed with landholders and grower groups
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
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?

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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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.

Reducing topsoil erosion to improve gross margins
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By reducing topsoil erosion to improve gross margins


Clint Della Bosca’s farm in South Moorine Rock, WA is in a low rainfall area that experiences dry, windy conditions which result in wind erosion and topsoil loss.


Growing nitrogen fixing serradella to improve profit margins
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By growing nitrogen fixing serradella to improve profit margins


Colin and Anna Butcher’s farm in Brookton, WA needed to change the legume variety they were growing as lupins were no long economically viable.


Deep ripping after liming shows best yield results in Merredin
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Earlier Returns on Investment Using Different Lime Sources and Deep Ripping


Spring sowing of winter crops in the Wheatbelt
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This project aims to determine if:


The Team