Improving the value & sustainability of Esperance port zone grain growers.

This is a pasture phase farming systems project focused on the Esperance Sandplain. It originated out of a need for more monitoring and evaluation of the new ryegrass pasture varieties such as the Hybrid, Biennial, Tetraploid, Italian and Perennial Ryegrasses that are now being sown in the region.

The project will aim to determine the NRM benefits of these pastures in terms of their suitability to be part of a pasture phase farming system in the higher rainfall areas, productivity, establishment, soil health benefits and nutrition to the following cropping phase. The water use, reduction of incidence of herbicide resistant weeds, ground cover and an economic analysis of the pastures will also be carried out.

Duration - July 2005 - Dec 2008

For more information contact SEPWA - 9083 1125