2014 Regional Cropping Solutions Network Projects

GRDC’s Regional Cropping Solution Networks are located in each of the five port zones across WA, with local representatives identifying, planning and implementing local activities addressing key issues. Each group is able to access funds through GRDC each year to get work addressing these key issues on the ground in local areas. Projects running in 2014 include:

Geraldton Zone

  • Increasing profitability through the utilization of combined technologies to target input strategies to productive capacity of soils
  • Soil probes for cheap and accurate pH testing

Esperance Zone

  • Soil moisture monitoring – an evaluation of current techniques and technologies and their application to current yield models
  • Esperance Downs Research Station spatial agronomy session
  • Soil constraints and management options for problem soils
  • Investigation of the potential advantages of crop nitrogen dynamics that may be present in controlled traffic farming systems (CTF)
  • Short and medium term analysis of macro nutrient dollar substitution into lime

Kwinana West Zone

  • Variable rate technology – how best to develop zone maps (including assessment of the different mapping options)
  • Understanding and managing spatial variation in stored soil moisture for better crop management decisions

Albany Port Zone

  • Rotations and break crops (including pasture renewal)
  • Effectiveness of lime sources for correcting south coast soil acidity

Kwinana East Port Zone

  • Determining economic rates and incorporation methods for lime in the Eastern Wheatbelt
  • Testing innovative and reliable methods for incorporating lime into acidic Wodjil soils
  • Measuring the impact of different timings of summer weed control in the Kwinana East port zone
  • Understanding and managing spatial variation in stored soil moisture for better crop management decisions

Multi-zone projects

  • Plant available water information and tools for better crop management decisions (Esperance and Albany Zones)
  • Pre-seeding frost workshops (Kwinana East, Kwinana West, Esperance and Albany zones)

Projects that were completed (or are in the process of being completed) include:

  • Plant available water (PAW) information and tools for better crop management decisions for Albany and Esperance RCSN Zone consultants and farmers
  • Extension of amelioration methods to address non-wetting soils in the Albany and Kwinana West port zones of WA
  • Stubble management to reduce the impact of frost to crops in the Albany and Kwinana West Zone of WA.
  • Break crop economics for the Kwinana East (low rainfall) zone of WA
  • Weed mapping and ecology in the Central and and Eastern Wheatbelt of WA
  • The economics of summer weed spraying and effects on soil water and soil nitrogen, for the Kwinana East RCSN Zone

 

For more information on any of these projects contact Julianne Hill, M: 0447 261 607, E: regionalcroppingsolutions@gmail.com.