Improving the profitability & sustainability of Esperance port zone grain growers

Internet of Things

Internet of things project highlights strengths and weaknesses in current technology


Mark and Hayley Wandel and Phil and Bindy Longmire

Scaddan and Beaumont

Lessons learned
  • Paddock weather stations, soil moisture probes and tank sensors can all support efficient, streamlined and consistent management decisions in larger broadscale operations that rely on staff.
  • Technology is changing fast and in paddock hardware such as soil moisture…

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Value Added Pulses

Ends June 30, 2019

This study investigated further processing and packaging of Esperance pulses for export in containers.

Esperance Quality Grains (EQG) has been successfully exporting containerised pulses since May last year. In 12 months, more than 600 containers have been shipped direct from Esperance, comprising over 7,000 tonnes of cleaned and graded pulses. For Esperance growers, this has provided the opportunity to continue to increase…

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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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Bagging Grain Profits - Technical assessments of the use of grainbags in the WA supply chainProject Timelines:   November 2017 – April 2020

Barley stored in bags near Esperance, 2017 harvest, awaiting delivery to CBH

Key Points

  • Grain silo bags have the proven advantage of providing a cheap, short-term storage solution to enable rapid harvest and avoid yield loss and quality degradation, especially in high yielding years.
  • Like any grain storage system, bags need to be used properly with storage guidelines adhered to.
  • A…

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Trash Choices - stubble management options
Fact sheet follows 3 year stubble management project

Excess crop residue can cause serious problems for new season crop establishment and many farmers resort to burning stubble to overcome the issue but in recent years a number of growers have purchased specific equipment to manage crop residues.

SEPWA worked with several local growers to assess the mechanical functionality and overall effect on trash flow come autumn seeding and assess the…

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