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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Ground Cover continues its series following a group of growers and their management of the winter cereals season... This first instalment for 2012 shows growers across the country are weighing marketing and agronomy considerations as they fine-tune their choice of varieties - By Clarisa Collis.. Long-term goals : Farm expansion and further increasing our 300ha of irrigated area for poppies, wheat and barley...
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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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Danny Flanery's focus on soil health has resulted in canola yields increasing from just 50t when he was starting out to around 500t from the same area (2500ha) now... Danny could not afford the fencing or trees on the scale required to make an effective start on the remediation of his own property, but local Landcare coordinator Louise Hufton of the Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) was able to set some wheels in motion to secure government assistance... Danny has planted trees across a total of 300ha, and he sees this as a way to reinvigorate the property's biodiversity, while providing shelter for stock, pasture and crops, and absorbing excess moisture in the gullies...
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The odour might be off-putting, but the use of biosoil, or biosolids - treated, dewatered human sewage sludge - has helped New South Wales grower Danny Flanery to vastly increase the productivity of his soils, doubling their organic carbon content over the past five years... The Murrumbidgee CMA also sponsored his attendance at the 2008 Soil Science Australia Conference in Brisbane, where he was introduced to a range of new ideas for soil management, including the use of biosoil as a soil ameliorant... Danny buys large quantities of biosoil each year, applying it at rates of between 50 and 80t/ha to paddocks as they comes out of a pasture phase...
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Catalogue: GRDC Factsheets
ImPLemenTInG A COnTrOLLed TrAffIC fArmInG SySTem.. Controlled traffic farming (CTf) is a farming system built on permanent wheel tracks where the crop zone and traffic lanes are permanently separated... Costs of conversion to CTf depend on how well your current machinery fits, the length of a transition plan and the capacity to use partial CTf to accommodate existing machinery configurations...
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Mullewa grower Andrew Messina is trialling a new deep-ripper that can slice 80 centimetres into the soil to crack hard pans and help overcome compaction issues... Andrew says in 12m-wide and 200m-long paddock strip trials on an area that had been mouldboard ploughed in 2011, the deep-rippers produced wheat yields of 2.7 tonnes per hectare, compared with 2t/ha from the nil-treated area and 2.3 to 2.4t/ha from a conventional deep plough (tilling to a depth of 30cm)... Andrew says the main drawback of ripping to depths below 30cm is having to use a much smaller machine - the Heliripper is about 6m wide, travels at a speed of 7 to 8 kilometres per hour and treats about 5ha/hour...
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Deep-ripper deals with compaction at Mullewa.. Mullewa grower Andrew Messina is trialling a new deep-ripper that can slice 80 centimetres into the soil to crack hard pans and help overcome compaction issues... Andrew says in 12m-wide and 200m-long paddock strip trials on an area that had been mouldboard ploughed in 2011, the deep-rippers produced wheat yields of 2.7 tonnes per hectare, compared with 2t/ha from the nil-treated area and 2.3 to 2.4t/ha from a conventional deep plough (tilling to a depth of 30cm)...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Preliminary trial results show significant wheat yield improvements from deeper, deep ripping treatments and ameliorants applied to compacted loamy sands at Binnu in Western Australia's northern grainbelt... The research is part of the Grains Research and Development Corporation's (GRDC) investment in addressing soil compaction in WA through the project 'Minimising the effect of soil compaction on crop yield', conducted by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA)... "The use of manure in the trials is to test whether we can achieve results similar to those achieved by some Victorian growers, who have recorded large, long-lasting yield improvements after incorporating chicken manure or Lucerne pellets when deep ripping...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Preliminary trial results show significant wheat yield improvements from deeper, deep ripping treatments and ameliorants applied to compacted loamy sands at Binnu in Western Australia's northern grainbelt... The research is part of the Grains Research and Development Corporation's (GRDC) investment in addressing soil compaction in WA through the project 'Minimising the effect of soil compaction on crop yield', conducted by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA)... "The use of manure in the trials is to test whether we can achieve results similar to those achieved by some Victorian growers, who have recorded large, long-lasting yield improvements after incorporating chicken manure or Lucerne pellets when deep ripping...
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