Paul Adam, Tottenham, NSW – The control of fleabane in a stubble retained farming system
Paul farms a controlled traffic farming system on his home property with full stubble retention, while maintaining a more traditional mixed farming enterprise on leased country nearby.
He grows mainly wheat and canola with some pulses but has pulled back slightly from pulses in the past 12 months due mainly to difficulty with efficient weed control.
Ian Leulf– control of fleabane in a retained stubble system.
The Leulfs run a controlled farming system as well breeding 900 cross-bred ewes. They follow a three year rotation of wheat, barley and fallow and have implemented a controlled traffic system for four years.
They try to keep the sheep off the stubble as much as possible and have separate cropping and livestock areas.
Bruce Staniforth– control of windmill grass in a retained stubble system.
Bruce is a mixed farmer and describes himself as fairly conventional. He tends to utilise poorer soils for grazing oats and crops his better country.
Paddocks are usually only cropped for three years before going back into a pasture phase of lucerne and medics for seven or eight years, or when the pasture starts to deteriorate.
Jock Coupland– control of ryegrass and black oats in a retained stubble system.
Jock doesn’t have a fixed rotation with his dryland farming, rather it depends on seasons and markets. His irrigation crops consist of wheat in winter and cotton in summer and paddocks are rotated between the two.
His cropping and livestock enterprises are kept separate and cattle are not grazed on stubbles or fallow.
Diverting chaff into tramlines
The Leulf’s generally follow a three year cropping program involving wheat, barley then fallow. After trialing numerous pulses and break crops, including brown manuring Ian felt it was a safer option in their environment to simply maintain a fallow as a break.