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2017 CWFS Spring Field Days Overview

Central West Farming Systems hosted five spring field days during September and October 2017; Mumbil Creek, Tottenham (with the Tottenham Top Woodlands Agricultural Bureau), LIRAC (with CSIRO), Northparkes Mine and Gunning Gap. Dr Neil Fettell also attended the AgGrow Agronomy and Research’s Rankins Springs field day in September, explaining the CWFS stubble management and nutrient...

Sowing Early to Maximise Wheat Yield on Long Fallow 2016 Fact Sheet

Early sowing is essential in order to maximise yield of wheat crops grown on long (18 month) fallow. Long fallowing and early sowing are complementary practices, as the fallow reduces weeds and diseases which can be difficult to control in early sown crops, and early sowing with slow-developing cultivars allows the crop to better use...

Rain N Grain

WUE in crop An overview on how to influence water use efficiency in crop. Rain to grain Some guidelines when it comes to converting rain to grain. Integrated weed management Outlining the importance of integrated weed management on farm and how to implement a successful strategy. Making WUE Work The ins and outs of making...

2015 Lime Trials

The 2015 trial report for the GRDC funded Soil Acidity and pH management project. Read the report

2014 Lime Trials

The 2014 trial report for the GRDC funded Soil Acidity and pH management project. Read the report

Early Sowing Project 2014

Southern NSW was one of the areas hardest hit by stem frost in July and August 2014, and this combined with heavy aphid infestations (due to above average temperatures in May) transmitting BYDV definitely took the shine off a lot of early sown crops. The early sowing trial sites at Junee Reefs and Rankins Spring...

Impacts of a Crop Sequence

Majority of farmers realise that they should be including broad leaf species into their cropping rotations to help manage in crop weeds and diseases. However in the years between 1999 and 2009 the percentage of legume pulse crops and canola declined significantly in central western farming systems. The main reasons for this decision were late...

Impacts of Stubble Treatment on Canola Establishment

Stubble retention across the farms of central western NSW has become common practice for local farmers. The 2013 CWFS farmer survey (47 farmers covering 207,000 ha) highlighted that 70% of the producers regularly maintained stubble cover over the summer period, while the remaining 20% maintained their fallows by cultivation alone. Canola is one of the...

Low Rainfall Collaboration Project (LRCP)

The GRDC funded Low Rainfall Collaboration Project (LRCP) aims to foster greater sharing of knowledge and ideas between a number of farming systems groups in south-eastern Australia. This project is now in its second phase of funding from GRDC and runs until 2013. Project Manager is Geoff Thomas and Dr Nigel Wilhelm is the Scientific...

Green Seeker Trial (Crop Monitoring)

CWFS was fortunate to receive funding from the Woolworths Sustainable Farming Grant and Landcare Australia last year to purchase a Greenseeker. CWFS aims to provide information on Greenseeker technology and its use as a tool in managing profitability and risk. Recent survey results reveal that a major driving factor that has limited farmer participation to...
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