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2017 Commercial Stubble vs Canola Harvest Report

2017 Seasonal effects of strategic stubble treatments on Canola in CW NSW Background CWFS conducted trials across the central western district that: investigated the impact that different stubble treatments (burning, cultivation, harrowed or standing stubble) imposed just prior to sowing have on the growth and yield of winter crops, measured using large plotsevaluate any grower...

Harvest 2017 – GRDC Stubble Project Trial Plots Completed

Wednesday 29 November 2017 heralded the final stubble project plot to be harvested at Northparkes Mine. The other two sites were at Tottenham and Mumbil Creek. These trials have been sown for five years under the GRDC funded initiative “Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble in Central West NSW”. This project has explored the...

2017 CWFS Research Compendium

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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...

Understanding the Influence of Row Spacing and Direction in the Mallee

A recent two-year trial has produced encouraging data to help Mallee farmers understand the role that row spacing and orientation play in crop performance and weed control.  With insight from trials undertaken in Western Australia and New South Wales, Birchip Cropping Group has recently completed a project to investigate the influence of row spacing and...

Interview with Ian Shannon of Ezy Lime

Overview of the Ezy Lime, Parkes operation and insight into the production of lime.

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...
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