News and Events

Mark Coulton MP, Visits The Fettell Centre

The Hon Mark Coulton MP, Member for Parkes, visited The Fettell Centre on Tuesday 30 June 2020. Mr Coulton first visited this site in 2017 to turn the first sod signifying the start of the building work. He was delighted to now see the completed facility and looks forward to keeping abreast...
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Regional Development Australia Central West visit to CWFS and The Fettell Centre

Regional Development Australia Central West (RDA CW) visited Condobolin on 13 August 2020 to hold its 51st Board meeting at the NSW DPI Ag Station. CWFS CEO, Diana Fear, is a member of the Board and believes that encouraging strong regional economies through business development, tourism and educational initiatives is...
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Cool Soil Initiative

Partnership expands to support farmer-led investigation of GHG emissions Project Duration: 2020-2021 Where it began In 2018 Riverine Plains and Central West Farming Systems partnered with Mars Petcare to develop an industry program, labelled the Australian Cool Farm Initiative, to quantify greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from wheat production, and to...
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NLP2 Future Soils

New to CWFS is the National Landcare funded project looking at soil acidity and machine learning to manage soil acidity in NSW. Project Duration: 2019-2023 Background: Soil acidity and declining Soil Organic Carbon affects over half of agricultural soils in southern and central NSW and threatens the viability and resilience...
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GRDC Long Season Wheats Give Growers an Opportunity to Sow Early on Early Rains

Background Growers in central and southern NSW are interested in sowing wheat earlier than the traditional May sowing window. There are a number of drivers of this change. Advances in summer fallow management, which have led to improved soil water storage and sowing opportunitiesDeclining frequency and magnitude of traditional autumn...
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GRDC Soils Extension Project

GRDC Soils Extension Project Extension of best practice principles for identifying and managing soil limitations in southern and central NSW This GRDC project has been developed by FarmLink and NSW DPI and Farming System Groups (CWFS, Riverine Plains, IREC, Southern Growers, Harden Landcare Network, ICC and Holbrook Landcare) to deliver...
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Landholders Urged to Look Out for Locusts

The agency is advising landholders to look closely at any grasshoppers that may be appearing around crops. Central West Local Land Services Senior Biosecurity Officer Alicia Whiley said the increased groundcover in the region meant early locust sightings may be harder to spot. “If you see any indication of locusts...
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Keep an Eye Out for Very Hungry Caterpillars

Landholders in the Central West are being urged to watch out for suspicious looking caterpillars after a grub similar to the Fall Armyworm was spotted near Wellington. Central West Local Land Services Cropping Officer Tim Bartimote was recently contacted by a diligent landholder who had spotted the suspect caterpillar on his...
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Vale Dr Neil Fettell

It is with great sadness that CWFS farewells our colleague, mentor and dear friend, Neil Fettell, who died on Saturday, 16 March after a long illness.  Neil was a founding member of CWFS in 1998 and has been a strong advocate for agricultural research in our Central West region for...
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