Facey Group is working with Murdoch University to determine perennial and annual pasture/forage legume options for shaping rhizosphere processes to improve soil function, and ultimately improve grain yields on low fertility white sand soils.Continue reading "Plant Based Solutions to Improve Soil Performance"
Facey Group is evaluating four trial sites over the 2021-2022 summer to better understand how various cover crop species can benefit soil health, moisture and function, compared to summer fallow. In 2022, impacts on the growth and yield of subsequent winter crops will be investigated.Continue reading "Cover Cropping Project"
The Building Beetle Highways activity is now underway following its debut event at Dowerin Field Day. We are currently calling for landholders who are interested to see if they have dung beetles on their properties and, if so, what types. We then want to map and gap the species, comparing and contrasting what we should […]Continue reading "Wheatbelt NRM Opportunity – Ready to Build Beetle Highways?"
The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs. Given the events of summer 2019/20, it has also been expanded to offer funding to support recovery in bushfire-affected communities. Grants are available for a […]Continue reading "FRRR Funding Opportunity – Strengthening Rural Communities"
AIM To investigate the use of wetting agents, applied directly to canola seed to understand its impact on crop establishment and yield in water repellent soils. These results will also be used to benchmark the effectiveness of seed coating wetters against the current in-furrow banded applications, with relation to both ease of operation and cost-benefit. […]Continue reading "Canola establishment- Is it improved through the application of wetters to the seed in marginal conditions"
We all know that mulesing is becoming socially unacceptable, and worms are increasingly resistant to current drenches. Many producers who have stopped mulesing have been successful, but it is fair to say that many have also failed to sustain the change because the management issues were too difficult. The approach to shifting to non-mulesed systems […]Continue reading "Supporting shifts to non-mulesed systems: Annual Summary"
AIM Numerous compound fertiliser products can supply phosphorus (P) to crops, each with a unique P content and bulk density meaning differences in rate and granule distribution to supply the same P. Product choice has cost and logistical implications. We investigate the agronomic response of Magenta wheat to various rates and compounds of P fertilisers […]Continue reading "Establishing phosphorus compounds and nutrient supply for wheat crop production – Large plot trial, Yornaning"
AIM To increase crop productivity on sandy soil types in medium to high rainfall zones through the incorporation of organic soil ameliorants; hay, stubble/straw and manure. The overall objective will be to encourage growers in the Central Wheatbelt region of WA to implement a form of incorporation of organic ameliorants on their sandy soils by […]Continue reading "Incorporation of organic soil ameliorants to boost productivity of sandy soils in the medium to high rainfall zones of the Wheatbelt of WA"
AIM Barley grass at high density reduces crop yield. However, GRDC project UA00156 (Seed bank ecology of emerging weeds) has highlighted that barley grass ecotypes in Western Australia are often short, and are likely to be highly sensitive to crop competition. Initial control with pre-emergent herbicides combined with high seeding rates in cereal crops may […]Continue reading "Pre-emergent herbicides and high density crop for barley grass control"
AIM To evaluate the grain yield and economic benefit of soil amelioration and controlled traffic practices on a broader range of soil types across the grain growing region of WA. CONCLUSION The treatments applied in this demonstration are to alleviate multiple soil constraints, including non-wetting, subsoil water infiltration, subsoil acidity and compaction. Prior to the […]Continue reading "Demonstrating the benefits of soil amelioration – Ripper Guage"
AIM To compare different rates of trifluralin incorporated by seeding on oats in the Wickepin region and its effects on weed control, germination, yield and grain quality. CONCLUSION This trial has now been conducted over four seasons (2017-2020). The results from the 2020 trial support the findings of previous years, with no relationship between trifluralin […]Continue reading "Effects of Trifluralin on Oats"
The project is designed around how to sustainably improve livestock productivity in the face of increasingly variable seasons. Our short length of season makes livestock enterprises highly sensitive to seasonal variation, which can radically impact their output. This creates a need for systems which can deal with tough, variable seasons, with effective yet flexible management. […]Continue reading "Tough Seasons Project"
This project will evaluate a range of commonly available approaches to increasing the fertility of the ‘gutless’ soils in the medium and high rainfall zone of WA. This project will apply a combination of organic amendments and amelioration methods, to determine the grain yield benefit over three years. The return on investment for each approach will be evaluated to guide growers on the most profitable approach to improving poor productivity soils.Continue reading "Organic Soil Ameliorant Project"
Following on from the research Facey Group growers were involved in in 2018 with the crop establishment survey, there is now a more defined objective from the national project group for 2020/2021 that’s going to focus on Canola seeder set ups, with the aim to establish guidelines for optimum sowing recommendations that are tailored to be more seasonal and machine specific.Continue reading "Optimising Crop Establishment"
This project aims to quantify the value of lime applications by different incorporation methods and compare the economic and agronomic returns of each. This trial also includes an application of a rapidly acidifying Elemental Sulphur to demonstrate how soils and crops will perform 10-years into the future if no action is taken to maintain pH levels. The trial also aims to analyse the interactions between each incorporation technique and its effects on ameliorating other crop constraints.Continue reading "Lime Incorporation Project"
The objective of this trial is to demonstrate that growing canola followed by a high value legume can lead to an effective and profitable double break crop sequence. The contribution of an early sowing date versus a traditional sowing date to increase the profitability of these crops will also be evaluated. The project will determine the economic value of a double break crop sequence incorporating a high value legume, and the impact of this rotation on the grain yield and profitability of these crops will also be evaluated.Continue reading "Double Break Rotation Project"
The Canola wetter project aims to investigate the use of wetting agents, applied directly to canola seed, to understand the impact it has on crop establishment and end of season yield in water repellent soils.Continue reading "Canola Establishment Project"
This project aims to demonstrate and validate the implementation of integrated weed management strategies to control barley grass in low rainfall zone farming systems.Continue reading "Barley Grass Weed Control"
The aim of the project was to reduce the impact of acidic soils on plant growth and test the most practical and economical methods of incorporation of lime on duplex soils in the Central Southern Wheatbelt and compare against common top-dressing practice. The objective is to give growers a greater understanding of different methods of […]Continue reading "Incorporating Lime to depth on duplex Wheatbelt soils"
Our aim was to determine the economic value of growing canola followed by a high value legume, and the impact of this rotation on the grain yield and profitability of a cereal crop in the first year following the double break crop sequence. CONCLUSION The learnings from this site in 2020 have provided growers with […]Continue reading "Increasing the profitability of the double break rotation in the MRZ of WA Wheatbelt through incorporation of an early sown high value pulse"
The aim of the National Variety Trials (NVT) is to generate independent information for growers and industry about newly released varieties of field crops to the current commercial varieties grown in the area. BACKGROUND The NVT program has been designed to identify the highest yielding varieties, free from the constraints of nutrition and disease. As […]Continue reading "2020-2021 National Variety Trials"