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Maintaining Profitable Farming Systems with Retained Stubble Across Various Rainfall Environments – Summary of GRDC Stubble Project

Authors: (Compiled by Tony Swan) Tony Swan (CSIRO Agriculture), Paul Breust (SFS), Claire Brown (BCG), Amanda Cook, Blake Gontar (SARDI), James Hunt (CSIRO Agriculture, La Trobe University (current address), Kellie Jones (FarmLink Research), Clive Kirkby (CSIRO Agriculture), Helen McMillan (CWFS), Michael Nash (SARDI), Sarah Noack (Hart Field Site Group), Trent Potter (Yeruga Crop Research), Brad...

Pros and Cons of Longer Season Varieties in Central West Cropping Environments

A paper by Dr Neil Fettell of CWFS and others, published by the GRDC. Take home messages Longer season wheat varieties have the potential to give greater yields than quicker varieties, particularly when sown into high levels of stored soil moisture Effective fallow weed control and stubble retention increase the chances of successful early sowing...

The Chemical and Structural Benefits of Lime on Soil

The application of lime provides both vital chemical and structural benefits to soil. Their role is pivotal in combating acidity and dispersion issues associated with soil. The addition of lime in the form of calcium carbonate acts to consume hydrogen ions contributing to acidity as well as removing thick cation layers around clay particles ensuring...

2016 Commercial Stubble vs Cereal

2016 Cereal response to stubble treatments in Central Western NSW Key Points from 2016 Burning or cultivating 2015 stubbles tended to produce higher yields, however this was only significant at UngarieHigh rainfall and a soft finish removed the benefit of stored soil moisture that stubble retained systems may have providedNitrogen was the limiting factor for...

CWFS AgMarketing Pilot Project

The marketing of agricultural commodities is an area where significant value can be extracted and risk mitigation exercised.  A lack of expertise and confidence in marketing often results in missed opportunities and unrealised potential. While there is an enormous amount of market information available and a proliferation of consultants, it is often difficult to know what is really driving the market and what impact this will have on the farming enterprise. Reflecting the nature of the family...

CWFS Women and Youth in Agriculture Conference

Pathways To Change The CWFS Women and Youth in Agriculture ‘Pathways to Change’ Conference was held on Friday, 21 October 2016 at the Condobolin Ag Station and proved a fabulous day for networking, catching up with friends, and gaining valuable information. With stunning weather and an array of high calibre speakers, the Conference attracted over...

Sowing Early to Maximise Wheat Yield on Long Fallow

Within the Central Western area sowing early has become an essential component of maximising wheat yields on long fallows (18months). The practices of long fallowing and early sowing are quite often complimentary to one another as the fallow reduces the pressure of weeds and diseases that can quite often be difficult to control within early...

Beef Breeding Basics

Dan Murphy (Western Rivers Veterinary Group) speaks on getting the basics right with breeding beef cattle – mainly fertility, pregnancy and bull testing and vaccination. Filmed at CWFS and Tottenham’s Top Woodlands Agricultural Bureau’s 2016 Spring field day, on 6 October.

Fallow Management in Tottenham, Central Western NSW

Case study: Wayne Jarvis, Tottenham NSW – management of fallow (stubble) in a stubble retained system. Property: 2400 ha between Condobolin and Tottenham. Enterprises: 1200 ha cropping and a self-replacing merino flock. Mainly cropping cereals but moving into break crops. Direct drill operation on one property while more traditional mixed farming on another property. Soil...

Yellow Leaf Spot

Managing yellow leaf spot in stubble retained systems in Central West NSW Locally specific guidelines and support for a proactive approach to disease management within retained stubble systems. Key messages: Stubbles carrying high loads of yellow leaf spot inoculum are the major source of crop infection. Decomposition or removal of stubble reduces inoculum.Yellow leaf spot...
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