Projects

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 breaks and winter rainfall but some increase in summer rainImprovements...
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GRDC Soilborne Pathogens

Soilborne Pathogen Identification and Management Strategies for Winter Cereals Project Partners: GRDC, FarmLink, Birchip Cropping Group, Grower Group AllianceProject Code: FLR1912-003RTXProject Duration:  2019-2023Project Location: NSW, Victoria, WA Background Soilborne pathogens are a widespread problem across the Western, Southern and the winter dominant, cereal growing areas in the Northern region of Australia.A number of reports indicate that growers often rely on...
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GRDC Feathertop Rhodes Grass

Facilitating adoption of integrated weed management strategies for Feathertop Rhodes grass in the northern region, Program 2 (southern NSW) Project Partners:  GRDC, NSWDPIProject Location: Feathertop Rhodes grass is a highly aggressive weed that, despite being a focus of several research efforts, is continuing to increase in incidence and severity in northern farming systems. The recent confirmation of resistance to glyphosate...
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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 a range of soils extension material and activities throughout southern...
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Why Soil Management Practices are Adopted

Why Soil Management Practices are Adopted Project 1.2.002 Associate Professor Vaughan Higgins – Project LeaderUniversity of Tasmania DURATION: Two years OVERVIEW: Farmer uptake of soil management programs and techniques is historically, relatively slow. This project sets out to understand why farmers do not adopt soil management improvement programs. It will investigate whether current strategies and techniques for adoption are working....
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Visualising Australasia’s Soils

Visualising Australasia’s Soils  Project 2.3.001 Associate Professor Peter Dahlhaus – Project LeaderFederation University DURATION: Two years OVERVIEW: Data is key to sustainable soil health and profitable agriculture. Following on from the scoping study, A review of indicators of soil health and function: farmers’ needs and data management, this project addresses the issue of large amounts of underutilised agricultural data. The aim of...
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Unlocking Soil Nutrients with Organic Matter

Unlocking Soil Nutrients with Organic Matter Project 3.1.006 Dr Balaji Seshadri – Project LeaderThe University of Newcastle DURATION: Three yearsOVERVIEW: Enhancing nutrient use efficiency in agricultural soils is challenging due to diminishing natural resources such as phosphate rock and water availability. The use of organic wastes (e.g. composts, manures, biosolids) as soil amendments can potentially reduce the dependence on naturally...
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Recovering Nutrients from Organic Waste Streams

Recovering Nutrients form Organic Waste Streams Project 3.1.003 Dr Dane Lamb – Project LeaderThe University of Newcastle DURATION: Three years OVERVIEW: Large scale agricultural systems rely on inputs of nitrogen and phosphorous which can be costly for farmers. Although phosphorous is significantly present in many agricultural soils, the majority exists in strongly adsorbed or insoluble inorganic forms and is not...
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Plant Based Solutions to Improve Soil Performance

Plant Based Solutions to Improve Soil Performance Project 4.1.002 Associate Professor Terry Rose – Project LeaderSouthern Cross University DURATION: Four years OVERVIEW: Crop diversity in major cropping systems in Australia is limited, yet diversity in farming systems is recognised for providing multiple benefits including resilience, weed and disease suppression and improved soil health. To reverse the decline in species diversity...
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