Research

AIR EP Member Days 2021: Post-emergent herbicides

Two AIR EP Member Day ‘Optimising Post-emergent herbicides’ workshops were held on Eyre Peninsula: Ungarra Football Club 21 June 2021. 27 people attended in total. Wudinna Community Club 22 June 2021. 51 people attended in total. Presented by Mark Congreve, Independent Consultants Australia Network (ICAN). The workshops were hosted by AIR EP and supported by…

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Lower EP Ag Expo 2 March 2021

The AIR EP Lower EP Ag Expo was held at the Marble Range Sports Club in Wangary on 2 March 2021, with 59 farmers and advisors attending. The speakers and topics delivered were: Lukas van Zwieten, NSW DPI: soil biology and amendments, herbicide residues. David Harbison, DR Agriculture: grazing management of crops and pastures, dual…

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EP Farmer Survey 2020 Soil CRC Report

The 2020 Eyre Peninsula social benchmarking survey is part of this national Soil CRC project led by Dr Hanabeth Luke of Southern Cross University (SCU), jointly funded by the Soil CRC, Ag Innovation and Research Eyre Peninsula (AIR EP, a CRC partner) and the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board. Data gathered will contribute to wider Soil…

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Dry saline land survey results

Dry saline land or “magnesia patches” describe areas in paddocks that have become saline in the surface layer and toxic to plant growth, resulting in bare, unproductive patches of ground. They are not driven the underlying effects of ground water, stream flows or perched water tables. Their impacts can be highly detrimental to farming practices…

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Southern Pulse Extension – Pulse Check Groups

Establishment of a minimum of 9 ‘Pulse Check Discussion groups’ across the Southern region. Pulse Check groups to focus upon ‘back to basics’ approach to lentil and/or chickpea production using a group learning approach and practical in-field learning.

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Warm and cool season mixed cover cropping for sustainable farming systems in south eastern Australia’ project – upper EP

In this project, a consortium of grower groups and the CSIRO will identify and demonstrate suitable cover crops across south eastern Australia. The impacts of cover cropping on soil health, nutrient cycling, organic carbon, and soil moisture will be measured, and the optimum timing and method to terminate the cover crops will be determined. At…

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Warm and cool season mixed cover cropping for sustainable farming systems in south eastern Australia – lower EP

Part of a bigger project across south eastern Australia to identify and demonstrate suitable cover crops. The impacts of cover cropping on soil health, nutrient cycling, organic carbon, and soil moisture will be measured, an the optimum timing and method to terminate the cover crops will be determined.  

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Addressing barriers to adoption – Building farmer innovation capability

The overall purpose of the project is to implement, refine and adapt an Innovation Capability partnership model developed by Pitt & Nelle (2008) for large agribusiness, and build the innovation capability, systems and culture of farmers (initially through five farmer groups).

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Understanding adoptability of techniques and practices for improved soil management

This project builds on existing models of adoption by investigating at a farm and regional scale the social drivers and forms of adaptation and learning that make soil improvement strategies and techniques adoptable.

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Surveying farm practices

Working alongside grower groups to develop regionally relevant survey tools, this project will initiate the process of surveying land managers across regions and industries. This will bring about an improved understanding of current practices, including farmer aspirations; motivations and their perceptions of existing and proposed R&D initiatives.

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