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…

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Internet Trial - Lort River and CascadeThanks to funding from Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Esperance Shire and Goldfields- Esperance Regional Development SEPWA implemented a 90-day trial of a private date network. With in-kind support from Cascade Grains and CBH, 2 mobile phone network style base stations will be installed on the elevator towers at Cascade Grains and Lort River CBH.

The base stations used the same technology as mobile phones for data…

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Fire Recovery ProjectA number of sponsors and industry representatives offered money post the November fires. They were: Interflour, AWB, PlumGrove, GIWA, Yuna Farm Improvement Group. The funds totalled almost $20,000. These have been used to run workshops and other events as needed by the recovering communities. Funds from Maggie Dent workshops were donated to Scaddan Primary School to re-build their gardens.

A report was also compiled after the fires. SEPWA…

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The three major Esperance fires on Tuesday, November 17 burnt an area of approximately 300,000ha which resulted in 4 fatalities; death of livestock (4500 sheep); plus, the losses of houses, sheds and machinery. Farmers affected immediately started to experiment with reclaiming the paddocks left bare and seed was spread for cover by air and through more conventional seeding techniques.

In the days following the tragedy, it was clear that finding…

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Break Crop RotationsThis project will determine the impact on soil nutrition, soil root diseases, nematodes and soil moisture of different break crop options.

With the inclusion of canola over the last 8-10 years into cropping rotations in the low to medium rainfall region of the Esperance Port Zone, several growers have started to question the significantly lower cereal yields following a canola crop as compared with the cereal yields following field pea crops.…

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