Projects

LEADA Summer Cover Crop Species Demonstration

  Summary Trial Management: Sown 14th December 2017 with 60kg/ha 18:20 fertiliser Pasture Genetics disc plot seeder Soil dry in the top 5cm and moist from 5-15cm Soil reasonably friable apart from compacted wheel tracks Rows 8 & 9 were sown over controlled traffic wheel tracks, which were quite compacted and had lower moisture levels….

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2017 EP Stubbles Extravaganza

Summary Naomi Scholz, SARDI Livestock and Farming Systems, Minnipa Agricultural Centre hosted the Eyre Peninsula ‘Stubbles Extravaganza’ forum for researchers and advisors on 9 November 2017 in Port Lincoln on behalf of EPARF and LEADA. Speakers Naomi Scholz (GRDC Stubble Initiative) Rick Llewellyn (weeds) CSIRO Greg Baker (snails) SARDI Gupta Vadakattu (nitrogen) CSIRO Jack Desbiolles…

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Profitable farming systems with retained stubble on Lower EP

Summary The project ‘Profitable farming systems with retained stubble on Lower Eyre Peninsula’ (South Australia) aims to create a development and extension program through this project that will assist lower Eyre Peninsula growers and advisors to best manage stubble retention within their farming systems. This project will create options to manage the constraints of retaining…

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Copper Management for the future

Summary The project ‘Copper management for the future’ aims to explore different management strategies to overcome copper deficiency in cereals. The project will compare the effectiveness of copper sulphate and copper chelate applied either as liquids banded at seeding or as a foliar spray. The project will also evaluate the effect of different timings of…

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LEADA Soil Modification on Lower Eyre Peninsula Improving Access to Soil Moisture

  Summary There are an estimated 160,000ha of soils on Lower Eyre Peninsula that have known soil constraints that negatively impact on agricultural production that can be addressed through current soil modification techniques. These include soils with poorly structured subsoils and sandy soils with low water holding capacity and poor fertility. In the past 2…

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Managing Soil Acidity on Lower Eyre Peninsula through Development and Delivery of Best Practice Management Growing Productivity and Sustainability

Summary The ‘Managing Soil Acidity on Lower Eyre Peninsla through Development and Delivery of Best Practice Management Crowing Productivity and Sustainability project includes the development of an innovative pH mapping program for the Lower Eyre Peninsula and investigating the most effective treatment of low pH soils in this area to improve productivity and sustainability. This…

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Woolly Pod Vetch Chemical Tolerance

  Summary The project aimed to identify chemicals that take out broad leaf weeds in established Woolly Pod Vetch. There is a growing export demand for Vetch seed. The opportunity to salvage an area was designated for sheep feed and turn it into a seed crop. Nine Chemicals were applied to the Woolly Pod Vetch…

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Moisture Probes & Weather Stations

Summary The following moisture probes have been set-up with funding from SAGIT (South Australian Grains Industry Trust) and AgFarm Advantage. The Alpha Group are responsible for setting up and maintenance of the moisture probes and weather stations. They have been placed on the properties of EPARF and LEADA members for the benefit of all farmers…

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Studying successful management of soil acidity on Lower Eyre Peninsula

Summary The Lower Eyre Agricultural Development Association (LEADA) undertook the project to produce case studies that summarize production and soil management pre and post treatment that highlight the value for long term sustainability of production as well as protection of the valuable natural resource. More than 178,000 hectares of soils on Lower Eyre Peninsula are…

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Understanding Crop Production for Women – Workshop Series

Summary In 2016 LEADA hosted a pilot project “Understanding Crop Production” for partners in the farming business. The aim of the project is to up skill farming business partners by increasing knowledge and understanding of annual cropping system which assists them to be more informed with the farming business planning and management Developing a greater…

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