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Irrigation water in dry years: sell, buy or apply?

A supplementary irrigated wheat scenario, Central West, NSW. Key Messages A seasonal analysis of the temporary water market during a recent period of research showed a gross margin of $319/ML could be achieved if water were sold at a market average price.Hay prices and hay production need to exceed the dual economic thresholds of $500/t and 4.5t/Ha respectively, before planting...
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Controlling Barley Grass Report 2020

Demonstrating and validating the implementation of integrated weed management strategies to control barley grass in the low rainfall zone farming systems Author and organisation: Helen McMillan, Central West Farming Systems Key messages Pre-sow knockdown still shows promise for barley grass control on this farmSeeding rate did not impact barley grass numbers at this site in 2020, but is a proven...
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The Cool Soil Initiative

The Cool Soil Initiative is a paddock to product partnership, working with grain growers through regional farming systems groups (FSGs) to test and validate management practices that can then mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on-farm, to support the ongoing sustainability, productivity, and profitability of farming enterprises. Examples include: On-farm demonstration projects that validate the soil and GHG impacts/benefits from different...
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GRDC Northern Pulse Check

Background An increase in the tools, knowledge and confidence of growers and advisors across the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Northern Region to optimise pulse crop yields is the aim of a new GRDC funded project titled ‘Pulse Check – local extension and communication for profitable pulse production in South East NSW’. FarmLink is working with Pulse Australia in...
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Smarter Irrigation For Profit Phase 2 (SIP2)

Project Duration: 2019-2022 Background: SIP2 addresses the challenge of reduced water availability by improving the water productivity of Australian cropping and pasture irrigators. It will do this by developing new precision irrigation technologies, improving existing technologies and facilitating faster uptake through producer led demonstration sites.Smarter Irrigation for Profit Phase 1 found participating Australian by adopting precision irrigation techniques.Smarter Irrigation for...
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GRDC Barley Grass Project

Demonstrating and validating the implementation of integrated weed management strategies to control barley grass in the low rainfall zone farming systems Project Funders: GRDC, University of Aldelaide Project Duration: 2019-2022 Background: CWFS is a part of a 3-year project to undertake demonstration research to identify tactics for barley grass management in the low rainfall northern, southern and western regions. The...
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MLA PDS – Alternative Pasture Legumes in Central West NSW

Project Durations: 2021-2024 Aim To increase knowledge and adoption of alternative annual forage legume options available to meat producers in the low rainfall zone (LRZ) of central west NSW, which have not been traditionally used, by showing they can be easily integrated into existing mixed farming operations to assist in meat production and adaptation to climate variability. Description and background...
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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 identify avenues to support farmers in reducing emissions, with a...
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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 of farming systems. Current acid soil management practices are based...
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