Improving the profitability & sustainability of Esperance port zone grain growers

Malt Barley ProjectProject timeline - March 2017 - Feb 2020

Executive summary

WA is a significant producer of barley and its geographical proximity to Asia makes it an obvious supply source to quench the thirst of a fast growing, affluent middle class of beer drinkers. However, our production scale and logistical proximity to this market is not cause for complacency as there are some key quality and trade risks going forward.

Bulk shipping rates and lower production…

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Non-wetting soils in the Esperance Port Zone

Project Timeline: July 2014 - June 2019

As part of the GRDC’s investment in helping farmers manage non wetting soils across WA, SEPWA is assisting DAFWA in a five year project examining the amelioration of non-wetting soils in the Esperance port zone.

The aim of the project is to empower growers to identify their water repellent soils and provide knowledge of possible management options that best suits individual paddocks. SEPWA will be involved…

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Variety Trials

Timeline: 2002 - present

These trials have been running since 2002 and have been successful in identifying new varieties grown in the Port Zone.

Breeders have submitted new varieties that they believe may be adapted to the Esperance environment and they have been sown and harvested in half hectare plots with farmers machinery over a range of sites.

Plots are harvested and measured with the SEPWA weigh trailer and yield information is posted on the…

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