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Break crops – WA’s frontline weapon for weeds

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For the past five years, through the GRDC-funded Focus Paddock project, researchers at the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA, have been monitoring the impact of this changing rotation mix on long-term productivity... "The lupins provide sheep feed sourced from our property, which reduces the risk of introducing weeds, and they also reduce nematode levels while adding nitrogen to the soil," Ben says... Ben has been involved with the Focus Paddock monitoring project for six years and says it has been fantastic to have the local DAFWA researchers undertake disease, soil and herbicide-resistance tests over time...