Archive for category: Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator

Understanding herbicide behaviour vital for better management

Chemical residues from pre-emergent herbicides can be a major issue for subsequent crop growth. However, growers are now more aware of how to deal with the issue thanks to recent GRDC-funded herbicide workshops run in Narrogin and Perth. Senior consultant with ICAN (Independent Consultants Australia Network) Mark Congreve said...

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Z-Filter a new tool for effluent management?

Z-Filter a new tool for effluent management?

For a long time the dairy industry has been trying to find fit-for-purpose systems to deal with effluent in a manner that maintains profitability and reduces environmental impacts. Now an initiative by Augusta Margaret River Clean Community Energy Incorporated (AMRCCE) may be one step closer to an alternative solution...

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Knife-points improving compacted soil in the high rainfall zone

Knife-points improving compacted soil in the high rainfall zone

Evidence that soil compaction may be limiting high rainfall pasture production is being supported by observations from local livestock producers who are seeing a response from management actions. One producer seeing results is Karridale merino farmer Matt Nield, who usually needs a crowbar to break through his topsoil. “The...

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Adapting to a drying climate with better nutrition and fodder production

Adapting to a drying climate with better nutrition and fodder production

While phosphorus has long been the lynchpin for pasture and livestock production in Western Australia, its status as most limiting nutrient is fading behind decades of application. Now other nutrients are more likely to limit production. Nitrogen is one nutrient that could now be the most limiting nutrient for...

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Soil compaction on the agenda at Donnybrook field day

Soil compaction on the agenda at Donnybrook field day

Recent surveys of soil constraints on high rainfall beef farms suggest that soil compaction may be limiting pasture growth on some South West farms. Almost half of the 39 sites sampled across 21 farms had a compaction level that is likely to restrict root growth at a depth of...

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‘Bang for buck’ supplementary feeding

'Bang for buck' supplementary feeding

Livestock producers involved in the Grazing Matcher program met in Donnybrook recently to hear how they can get the most benefit from their supplementary feed budget. The event was facilitated by Jeisane Accioly from Accioly Livestock Industries Services, who outlined how understanding nutritional requirements, testing feed quality and monitoring...

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Big incentives for protecting paddocks this summer

Big incentives for protecting paddocks this summer

Most farm paddocks have a long history of phosphorus build-up that represents a lifetime of investment in soil fertility. With phosphorus and other nutrients concentrated at the soil surface, leaving soil bare and exposed to wind and water erosion is putting that investment at a significant risk, especially given...

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Grazing Matcher program opens for new registrations

Livestock enterprises are being encouraged to join the successful Grazing Matcher program, with a new group planned to commence by March 2020. The program is a partnership between South West Catchments Council and Western Beef Association Inc that supports farmers to adopt better grazing management, fodder conservation and supplementary...

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‘uPtake’ project to build confidence in fertiliser recommendations

'uPtake' project to build confidence in fertiliser recommendations

Phosphorus fertiliser has been a godsend for livestock and dairy farmers trying to build the fertility of our low-nutrient soils. Without it, Western Australian agriculture would be far less productive and profitable and count for little in terms of food security and the economy. So, when a soil test...

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