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Central West Farming Systems Inc.

Condobolin NSW

‘Farmers Advancing Research’




Central West Farming Systems (CWFS) is an independent, not-for-profit, farmer driven organisation. We operate in an area covering 14 million hectares in Central Western NSW. Formed in 1998, the group now boasts over 300 members made up of farmers, private and public sector advisers, researchers and stakeholders.

As well as our research driven trials and extension, CWFS is involved in a broad range of activities and partnerships to benefit growers, industry and our regional communities. Snapshot is an overview of recent workshops and events, key points from trials and other relevant topics of interest.

News & Events

Grains Research Update - Driving profit through research [flyer]

Grains Research Update – driving profit through research

Wednesday 11 March 2020

Lake Cargelligo Bowling Club
1 Prior Street, Lake Cargelligo NSW
8.30am registration for a 9am start (finish 2.50pm)
$30 per person

New research that’s ready for the paddock in 2020. Discuss how to make practical use of the latest information with researchers, agronomists and leading growers.

  • New frontiers in cereal breeding for a changing climate
  • Drivers of yield stability in wheat and barley
  • Pulses in Lake Cargelligo farming systems
  • Fixing more N by improving inoculant performance in suboptimal / acid soil conditions
  • Measuring, using and budgeting P in lower rainfall zones – are there options to spend less after a dry year?
  • Lasers, machine learning, weed recognition software and new innovations in weed management
  • Risks and rewards of cover cropping
  • Decisions for a profitable 2020

Download the flyer for more information and the hardcopy registration form, or register online here.

CWFS Chair, Josh Gordon – Christmas Message

Dear Members,

This year has seen a significant challenges for most. March saw the loss of our colleague, mentor and dear friend Dr Neil Fettell. Neil was a founding member of CWFS in 1998 and continued to be a driving force in the organisation and our industry right up until this year. The renaming of the Fettell Centre in his honour is a small gesture considering all Neil contributed.

Dry conditions continue and without any real in crop rainfall even our irrigation has been tested. The irrigated trial work is even more valuable when it is the only green field on a research site that is often judged from the road. Bare fields don’t do justice to the team effort that is intensified in drought. The effort ensures CWFS continues to respond to the needs of the membership we represent and provides value for our industry and community.

Read the full message in the CWFS 2019 Newsletter Issue Dec.