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

Variable Rate Technology BookThis project revolved around extension of different VRT systems that growers are using. It involved visiting farmers at different stages of their VRT journey; and the use of farmer case studies on cost/benefit of applying variable rate fertilisers (What did they do? What did they find? Did they get the results they were expecting? Were there any hurdles to implementation?)

The primary output is to interview growers who have been using VRT over…

Read More

Farm Scale WiFi

This project is investigating the potential for farmscale Wi-Fi to keep farmers connected. Mobile devices are now an integral part of farming but unfortunately the mobile phone network which services WA grain growers is patchy in coverage and struggles to cope with current demand levels.

This has created a major bottle neck for technology adoption going forward and is holding farmers back from maximising its potential. As more and more farmers a…

Read More

CTF Nitrogen Dynamics

Trial sites were conducted around power poles in cereal paddocks at Condingup, Mt Ridley and Cascade during the 2014 season.

The “power pole” idea was a simple trial design aimed at finding a place in the paddock which has had the traffic “controlled” by an immovable feature for a number of years. A power pole was chosen as it is a non-crop effecting obstacle.   This created a micro area of “zero traffic” soil was compared to soil…

Read More

Virtual Field Days

This project used innovative new technology in communication to capture and extend new varieties being trialed as part of the SEPWA trials program.

The Esperance region already has a more rapid adoption of new genetics in our cropping systems due to the SEPWA variety trials. This project further enhanced this process by providing in-season mapping and updates using innovative mapping and web based technology.

This enabled all growers from across…

Read More

PA helping pH – using PA technology for long term pH management

Low pH, acidic soils, adversely limit yield potential by reducing root development, preventing crops from accessing nutrients and soil water at subsoil depths. Lime application is crucial for overall soil health and producing sufficient yielding crops. However, across the paddock soil types vary which in turn also means pH varies, changing the lime requirements. Therefore understanding the spatial variability of your paddocks is key to knowing…

Read More

Page 1 of 4