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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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Blending agroforestry, poultry manure and biochar to develop fertiliser and soil carbon for broadacre farms – Living Farm Results Report
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Blending agroforestry, poultry manure and biochar to develop fertiliser and soil carbon for broadacre farms – Living Farm Results Report

 

Diraphis Noxia infesting wheat plants in the USA. Copyright: Texas AgriLife Extension Service (©2016)
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While Russian wheat aphid (RWA) hasn’t yet been detected in WA, it has been found in South Australia and Victoria recently.

 

The aphid is a major pest of wheat, barley and some grasses and can cause significant yield losses in wheat and barley crops.

 

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Work has started on this intriguing project with the planting of 100 desert limes (Citrus glauca) at the trial site in Beverley. The trees have been planted into raised mounds, as the soil is a lot heavier than the limes generally prefer.

 

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With the end of seeding wrapping up it is fair to say even without sophisticated yield prediction techniques, it just feels like an ideal start to the season, setting up good yield potential.

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Above: Inoculating sheoak seedlings with frankia - inset frankia nodules - Bob Hingston

 

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On the 28th April, Anna and Colin Butcher hosted a field day showcasing their pastures program which was implemented 5 years ago with the help of a funding grant from Wheatbelt NRM.

 

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The third Emission Reduction Fund auction was held at the end of April and the results have now been released.

 

The auction saw 50.5 tonnes of abatement contracted from 73 projects that were registered with the Clean Energy Regulator.

 

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The latest round of our Trials and Demonstration projects are getting under way.

 

Last week saw us out with the WA Sandalwood Plantations (WASP) people, on their property, selecting sites and sandalwood trees to apply fertiliser to in July.

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SAVE THE DATE!

 

A hands-on look at weather stations and soil moisture probes and how in-paddock soil analysis can improve your returns.

 

Presentations and hands on demonstrations by:

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Jo Fulwood - Countryman on May 6, 2016, 1:46 pm

 

Originally published here in the Countryman

 

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