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

Gavin and Elaine EganAmelioration program thwarted by rain requires innovative seeding techniques

When Gavin and Elaine Egan decided to cut their annual January beach holiday short to return to their Scaddan farm and go delving, they thought they were making a sensible and rational decision.

The plan had been to increase the rooting depth of their crops and reduce the severity of the non-wetting topsoil by breaking up the clay layer beneath and bringing chunks of…

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Sanderson family - Grass PatchOperation at a glance

Farm size: 3,382 arable hectares owned and share farm a further 1,600 hectares
Annual Rainfall: 370mm
Soil type: On the home farm (2,218ha arable) deep pale sand over clay, loamy sand to pale sand over clay and some shallower duplex type soils.
Cropping: Wheat, barley, field peas and canola
Livestock: Agistment of 1,000 to 1500 head of sheep over summer and early autumn

Danny Sanderson farms with his wife Judy, son John and…

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Della Vedova family
Converting sand to soil

When Joe and Charlotte Della Vedova left the central wheatbelt in 1995 in search of better rainfall and less frosts, they were soon to discover that their new Esperance property would provide them with altogether different challenges. By 1998, Joe began in earnest his quest for creating more fertile soils on his sandplain property between Esperance and Condingup by experimenting with claying some of his deepest sands.…

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Cox family - Neridup
Improving non-wetting soil's nutrient capacity and weed burdens

Waterhatch farms

Farm size: 5000 ha (Neridup)
Enterprises: cropping and cattle (2000 head)
Rainfall: 450mm (Esperance)
Soil types: white and yellow fine sands
Crops: wheat, canola, barley

David and Sally Cox farm 5000 ha of sand plain on the coast to the east of Esperance. Canola wheat barley and trade cattle are a part of the mix. Long term average wheat yields are 2.8t/ha and 1.4t/ha…

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Peter Luberda - Coomalbidgup
Long term DAFWA trial site on non-wetting deep sands

Area: 1,100 ha
Annualrainfall: 550 mm
Soil types: non wetting sand and sand over gravel
Livestock: 1200 merino-cross ewes
Cropping: canola/wheat/barley/serradella
History: In 2000, 40ha of clay was spread, and a further 260ha was clayed in 2004. Clay on the property is too deep for delving. A further 240 ha on the property was clayed in 2012.

Peter Luberda farms with his father, John on fragile…

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