Improving the profitability & sustainability of Esperance port zone grain growers

Dealing with a difficult harvest

The Council of Grain Grower Organisations (COGGO) has funded SEPWA to put together a manual that encapsulates all that can go wrong at harvest. SEPWA will do this with the help of many grower groups from throughout the State along with technical support from the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA).

We as an industry need to make our business, our family and ourselves individually more resilient so that we can deal with the pressures that…

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This project investigated catering for the evolving demands of the Asian brewing market place and was funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

The “Enzyme brewing – the catalyst for a new export barley market” project's plan was to build linkages and establish paths to market and generate demand for Australian barley.

With the development of the new enzyme brewing technology which is more cost efficient for Asian breweries,…

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Mobile Devices the next step in Precision Agriculture adoption


Farmers have embraced new technology with a high uptake of mobile devices including smart phones and tablets, which are now being used in the paddock. SEPWA is seeking to simplify PA through the use of these mobile devices which have an inbuilt GPS. The project will review current Apps; include a survey of farmers and an assessment of service providers of the technology. Overall the project aims to facilitate the production of cheaper field based…

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The South East Premium Wheat Growers Association (SEPWA) has developed this project to investigate if a containerised grain trade through the port could profit the region or be a pipe dream.

It is driven by the opportunity to utilise a container crane at the Esperance Port, which was originally installed to service the defunct BHP Ravensthorpe Nickel Project and a newly deregulated grain market.

Project Outcome

SEPWA's aim is to "improve…

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This is another joint project between SEPWA and the DAFWA and it focused on the decline in protein levels in the Esperance Port Zone which had serious implications for the saleability of our wheat.

Several reasons have been advanced for the protein decline including the reduced quality of legume pastures, higher frequency of non-legumes in rotations and increasing wheat yields without parallel increases in nitrogen applications.

The project…

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