Archive for category: Sustainable Agriculture

Dumbleyung alive with the sound of planting

Dumbleyung alive with the sound of planting

Music festivals took on a whole new meaning in Dumbleyung recently when 150 volunteers came from the city to plant 40,000 seedlings across five properties while listening to and playing music. The much-appreciated help came from Activate the Wheatbelt, a not-for-profit organisation that brings volunteers from Perth to the...

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Trial aims to avoid costly losses of nitrogen fertiliser

Trial aims to avoid costly losses of nitrogen fertiliser

Nothing frustrates beef and sheep producers like a late break-of-season. After months of supplementary feeding, the rain comes when temperatures are cold, slowing the break-down of organic soil nitrogen and pasture growth, and creating less than ideal conditions for grazing. In this situation nitrogen fertilisers are often used to...

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How well does your pasture meet livestock feed requirements?

How well does your pasture meet livestock feed requirements?

Supplementary feeding of livestock is a costly but necessary part of farming in Western Australia. To get the best return on supplement, farmers need to understand nutritional requirements for livestock and what components can be filled by pasture at different times of the year so they can fill seasonal...

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Sub clover root rot affecting productivity in the South West’s high rainfall zone

Sub clover root rot affecting productivity in the South West’s high rainfall zone

If your sub clover isn’t germinating or seems to be dropping out of your pasture sward during winter, there’s a fair chance it’s suffering from root disease. Colloquially known as root rot, soil-borne fungal pathogens dominate most Mediterranean ecosystems and pose a serious risk to self-seeding pasture legumes such...

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Soil constraints causing a decline in sub clover productivity: Project key findings

Soil constraints causing a decline in sub clover productivity: Project key findings

Beef production in the South West’s high rainfall zone appears to be significantly constrained by poor sub clover productivity. That’s according to a survey of 24 beef properties conducted by South West Catchments Council (SWCC) in partnership with Western Beef Association Inc., which aimed to give farmers a better...

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Low molybdenum levels in sub clover limiting nitrogen fixation

Low molybdenum levels in sub clover limiting nitrogen fixation

A survey of soil constraints across the South West beef farms has found that half appear to be low in molybdenum. The trace element is critical for the development of nitrogen-fixing nodules on legume roots. The survey also scored nodulation in the South West, finding that nodules were scarce...

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Independent advice for soil phosphorus

Independent advice for soil phosphorus

Livestock producers looking for independent advice on phosphorus application rates might want to look at a key document used by agronomists that’s available on-line. Almost a decade ago, the Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development (DPIRD) published the Soil Test and Phosphorus Rate for High Rainfall Clover Pastures....

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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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