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Raised beds need on-farm water plans.. Late-season waterlogging events have been rare in the six years since Tim Johnston, a soil and water research scientist with the Department of Primary Industries, Victoria (DPI), started assessing the environmental impacts of water and nutrient losses from raised beds... Mr Johnston says the reduced runoff from raised beds is the result of improved soil structure under the bed, leading to increased water holding capacity of the soil and greater water use by the crop...
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The Kirkwood family at Kendenup, WA, have combined no-till with raised beds to lift their high-rainfall cropping regime... [Photo by Brad Collis: Chris Kirkwood and his mother Marlene: the stress of changing a whole farm system is offset by the sense of excitement, says Chris].. Chris says the challenges that come from a system change are immense, but much of the stress is offset by a sense of excitement that comes from realising there is a large knowledge bank that the industry still has not tapped...
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Growers have moved in and out of raised beds as the seasons have varied... SFS CEO Jon Midwood, who leads 10 full-time staff in the 18-year-old organisation, suggests one solution to achieving consistently high yields from 500 to 1000 millimetres of rainfall in a varying climate could be "making the bucket bigger"... The bigger bucket would work by buffering the moisture available to the crop, rather than swinging from dry to overflowing or waterlogged, particularly in the more sodic subsoils in the winter...
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Wheat was the best of the cereals, and peas the best of the pulses trialed on raised beds in the high-rainfall south-east of South Australia in 2002 by the MacKillop Farm Management Group... Contact: Primary Industries and Resources SA, Struan 08 8762 9100 < Keep browsing 0 Responses to SA High Rainfall Trials.. Log in or register to leave a comment...
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Michael began working full-time with his parents, Nina and Peter, on the family farm at Nile in 1992, with Bill, Jo and Rob later joining the business... Of the 3100 hectares that Starston Farms had accrued before the separation, Michael and Fiona now farm 1080ha at Nile and have another 800ha jointly leased with Bill and Jill... Michael and Fiona grow poppies, peas, canola, lucerne hay, beans, wheat and barley, leasing out land for carrot and red beet seed, and sub-leasing ground for potatoes...
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Irrigators, surveyors and designers need to consider field size in relation to potential water flows and implications for access to adequate flows if this style of layout is adopted by increased number of growers within irrigation areas and districts... The results will have immediate value to the rice based farming systems of southern NSW. Beneficiaries of the research will include rice and grain growers within rice based farming systems, advisory and commercial agronomists, irrigation surveyors and designers, irrigation distribution companies, and land and water management plan implementers operating in these areas... The aim of the project was to increase the sustainability, resource use efficiency, yield and profitability of rice-based cropping systems through improved soil, water and nutrient management using permanent raised bed systems...
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The main findings were that raised beds provided improved drainage and were consistently drier than conventional cropping... In 2003 wheat grew better on the conventional cultivation than the raised beds, a difference that continued through to harvest when significantly greater grain yield was measured on the conventional cultivation (6.9 t/ha)... The findings from the project provide additional knowledge of the key soil physical properties, together with crop yields, on raised beds compared with cropping on conventional cultivation and pasture in south-western Victoria...
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Photo of David and Tracey Langley inspecting their wheat.. Based at Winchelsea, in southern Victoria, they began cropping grain on two-metre beds in 1995, and David says the transition increased yields across their holdings by at least 40 per cent... David says that given how wet the furrows can become, the regular wheels had a slippage, and fuel wastage, of about 10 per cent...
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Raised beds exemplify on-farm adaptation.. Bruce says grower confidence in the raised-bed concept was drawn from lessons learnt in Geelong at South Roxby on former agricultural land where Southern Farming Systems (SFS) established its first trial site... Wheat yields were found to increase slightly on the 20m raised beds; the plants matured unevenly, were difficult to harvest and the wider beds were more expensive to form, Bruce says...
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Raised beds exemplify on-farm adaptation.. Bruce says grower confidence in the raised-bed concept was drawn from lessons learnt in Geelong at South Roxby on former agricultural land where Southern Farming Systems (SFS) established its first trial site... Wheat yields were found to increase slightly on the 20m raised beds; the plants matured unevenly, were difficult to harvest and the wider beds were more expensive to form, Bruce says...
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