2012 Regional Cropping Solution Network Projects

Albany RCSN Zone

  • Understanding soil and water relationships for optimising crop management in variable seasonsYield Prophet and other soil water tools, run by Jeremy Lemon and through grower groups. 
  • Management of Grazing Crops to Reduce the Incidence of Frost in the Albany Port Zone – Run by Raj Malik, with sites managed by Jonathan England and Steve Curtin. 
  • The Effectiveness of On-Farm Methods of Weed Seed Collection at Harvest time – Run by Alex Douglas, and Jane Kowald. 
  • Wheat variety research and extension focusing on Wheat Sprouting (PHS) tolerance for wheats grown in the Albany Zone – co-ordinated by Kevin Young, with guest speaker and sprouting researcher Daryl Mares

Esperance RCSN Zone

  • Nitrogen management of hybrid and open-pollinated canola in the WA low rainfall mallee – managed by Mark Seymour 
  • Information days for farmers and agribusiness to understand Yield Prophet and other soil-water tools – a number of workshops were run across most zones with Tim McClelland coming over from Birchip to talk about Yield Prophet. 
  • Management Options of non-wetting soils in the southern coastal region of the Esperance Zone – Still in progress
  • Learning events to actively manage business risk and uncertainty – Run by Planfarm, these workshops were well supported by the RCSN.  Workshops were held in Lake King, Ravensthorpe, and Esperance.
  • Variable Rate Technology and its application in the Esperance port zone – one day workshop – co-ordinated and led by SEPWA’s Nigel Metz, this workshop saw ~80 attendees.

Kwinana East RCSN Zone

  • Understanding soil and water relationships for optimising crop management in variable seasons – managed by Caroline Peek, 10 Yield Prophet sites installed, and 3 workshops. 

Kwinana West RCSN Zone

  • Farmer knowledge on methods to address non-wetting soils – Corrigin Farm Improvement Group, Pike family, Darkan Landcare, West Midlands Group, and WANTFA were all part-funded to undertake a range of non-wetting work in their areas. 

To obtain final reports for 2012 projects, contact Julianne Hill, M: 0447 261 607, E: julianne.hill@hotmail.com. For more information on RCSNs, or to find out who your local members are and have your say, click here.