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Geoff McCallum, Parkes NSW: Harvest management of stubble

Property owner: Geoff McCallum Enterprises: 4000 ha cropping on controlled traffic system; 1000 ha legumes for brown manuring, 1000 ha canola, 2000 ha wheat and barley. Harvest stubble management: Geoff farms dryland country in the Parkes and Forbes districts. At harvest he always cuts the stubble to around 25 cm or less to facilitate easy passage through his sowing equipment. He used Kirby...
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Harvest Management of Stubble in Condobolin, Central Western NSW

Harvest management of stubble case study: James Butt, Condobolin NSW. Overview: Property owner: James and Orlana Butt Enterprises: Cropping and fat lambs. Rainfall: 400/450mm Soil: Heavy red loam through to lighter sandy red loams. pH: 5.4 James and Orlana farm 4500 ha of dry land country north of Condobolin and have concentrated mainly on cropping in the past, but are currently building lamb numbers to...
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Contract Harvest Management in Forbes, Central Western NSW

Harvest management case study 1: Bob Wythes Overview: Property owner: Bob Wythes. Enterprises: Cropping and fat lambs. Contract harvesting. Soil: River flats running to heavy clays. pH: 7 Bob downsized recently from 2500 hectares and now operates 500 hectares of irrigation country just south of Forbes, NSW. He crops around 100 hectares of lucerne for hay, 200 hectares of wheat and barley and...
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Harvest Management – Share Farming, in Condobolin, Central Western NSW

Harvest management case study 2: Darren Miles Overview Location: Condobolin NSW Contractor: Darren Miles. Enterprises: Share farming, contract harvesting. Darren leases and share farms approximately 1600 ha as well as running a contract farming business at Condobolin and surrounding districts, mainly Grenfell and Cowra. He generally harvests around 3000 to 4000 hectares. He farms mostly wheat and canola in rotation after a conventional...
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Break Crops – Vetch as a Brown Manure in Rankins Springs, Western NSW

Break Crop Vetch as a brown manure: Michael Pfitzner Overview: The Pfitzner family has been farming in the Rankins Springs district since the 1960’s. They originally ran a mixed farm enterprise with cropping and sheep. They farm 2800 hectares of red sandy loam country with a pH of 5.2 with an average yearly rainfall of 350 – 400mm. Their cropping program...
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Break Crops – Growing Field Peas in Parkes, Central Western NSW

Break crops in stubble retained cropping systems – Best practice guide for CWFS districts. Farmer Case Studies Case Study 1: North Parkes mine – using peas to manage weeds and improve soil nitrogen. Property manager: Geoff McCallum Property size: 4000 ha Soil type: Clay and red soils. Average rainfall: 450-530mm pa North Parkes mine is located approximately 50 kms North...
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Oats as a Break Crop in Condobolin, Central Western NSW

McDonald Brothers, Condobolin – The role of oats as a break crop and in establishing lucerne based pastures in maintaining profitable wheat yields. Property owners: Graham, Marjorie, David, Jennifer and James McDonald. Enterprises: Cropping and sheep (Merinos and white Suffolk). Soil type: Red loam. Soil pH: 4.5 to 5.5 Average rainfall: 600mm pa The McDonalds farm approximately 3000 ha of...
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Using Field Peas and Lupins as Break Crops in Lake Cargelligo, Central Western NSW

Case study 3: Derrick Davis use of field peas and lupins as break crops. Farming at Lake Cargelligo Property size: 10,000 ha. pH: 7 red loam/clay Average rainfall: 400mm The Davis’s annually grow approximately 6000 hectares of wheat, 2000 hectares of lupins and field peas and leave 1000 hectares long fallow. They like to use Sturt field peas in their rotations as...
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