Improving the profitability & sustainability of Esperance port zone grain growers

Snail Mitigation ProjectProject timeline from June 2018 - July 2020

This project is funded through the Western Australian Agricultural Authority and is focussed on practise change resulting in decreased snail contamination of grain delivered to the bulk handling system.

Working alongside the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), camera images of snail activity will provide advice in real time, including the best time to bait snails and the…

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Optimising timing and rate of nitrogen applications in waterlogging conditionsProject Timelines:  February 2018 - February 2020

As cropping systems have intensified there has been an increased reliance on nitrogen (N) fertiliser, now constituting the single largest variable cost for most grain growers. The challenge for growers is supplying the right amount of N at the right time and place to meet crop demand and optimise yield and quality, without over supplying N and reducing profit.
When oxygen supply diminishes…

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Legumes for profitability in the Esperance Port ZoneProject Timelines:  March 2018 - March 2020

There appears to be renewed interest from growers and the agricultural community in legume break crops to complement canola and cereals in the rotation. DPIRD in partnership with the GRDC via the Tactical Break Crop Agronomy Project DAW00227 (lead by Mark Seymour) has worked on legume crops for a number of years now and this aligns with SEPWA’s current State Government funded project looking at the…

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Ripper Gauge Demonstration Sites in the Esperance Port ZoneProject Timelines:  March 2018 - February 2021

The practices of soil amelioration (deep ripping) and controlled traffic farming can be confusing for some growers due to soil variability and varying options for treatment. There is indecision as to what treatments suit what soil types, and what their economic benefits are (if any) in the short, medium and long term. Also, combined approaches to ameliorate more than one constraint can be…

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Summer cropping demonstrations in the Esperance Port ZoneProject Timelines:  March 2018 - February 2020

There have been many trials already done in the past in the Esperance Port Zone investigating summer cropping. However, with the increase in soil amelioration work in the region, growers are further interested in exploring options for using summer crops as a break crop (weed control) and to increase profitability in the higher rainfall areas. The high decile years can result in the biggest…

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