Projects

Demonstrating and validating the implementation of integrated weed management strategies to control barley grass in the low rainfall zone farming systems

Research into the ecology and control tactics of barley grass has occurred and now this needs to be transferred into the development and testing of localised integrated weed management (IWM) strategies. This investment will test localised IWM strategies against barley grass utilising large plot replicated demonstration sites and delivered within key areas of the low…

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Developing knowledge and tools to better manage herbicide residues in soil

This project will develop new knowledge and tools to better understand the factors regulating herbicide persistence and bioavailability, giving farmers increased confidence in crop choice, timing of sowing and herbicide management to ensure soil and crop performance is not limited by herbicide residues. This project is funded by the High Performance Soil CRC, and is…

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Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator (RALF)

Provide a central contact point for farmers, industry, and community groups and to support agriculture related Core Services and Project Services across the Eyre Peninsula. Funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, through the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board. We are pleased to announce that Amy Wright has been appointed to the RALF role for…

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Eyre Peninsula internship in applied grains research

To improve the capacity of grains research, development and extension in the Eyre Peninsula region. To further develop applied research skills of recent graduates so they will be able to make an improved contribution to the grains RD&E industry in South Australia. This project will annually engage a recent graduate to work as an intern/trainee…

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Taking canola profitability to the next level

Determing the maximum achievable water limited yield of canola on Lower EP and the relative significance of key canola yield drivers once disease and phenology are optimised and inform growers and advisors on the yield driving mechanisms and profitability of high production canola systems.

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Resilient EP (Soil moisture)

A new paradigm for resilient and profitable dryland farming on the Eyre Peninsula using data to improve on-farm decision making Summary New and emerging technologies will be used to assist farmers make efficient use of soil moisture. The Eyre Peninsula has an extensive soil moisture probe network which is underutilised. A Regional Innovators group of…

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Developing future leaders for farming communities on the Eyre Peninsula

Summary This project aimed to provide young farmers from across upper Eyre Peninsula (EP) with the confidence and skills to take on leadership roles in their local communities. DAFF project: Over the course of the project a total of 50 young farmers took place in the four project workshops and associated events that occurred as…

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Dryland Legume Pasture Systems – Boosting profit and reducing risk in medium and low rainfall areas

Summary Over the past three decades there has been a shift from integrated crop-livestock production to intensive cropping in dry areas which has significantly reduced the resilience of farms. Intensive cropping is prone to herbicide resistant weeds, large nitrogen fertiliser requirements, and major financial shocks due to frost, drought or low grain prices. A pilot…

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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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