Current Projects

GRDC RiskWi$e Initiative

Facey Group is participating in the GRDC-funded RiskWi$e initiative, that will run from 2023 to 2028. It seeks to understand and improve the risk-reward outcomes for Australian grain growers by supporting grower on-farm decision-making.

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RiskWi$e Time of Sowing Theme

A project aiming to develop long term strategies to help growers determine sowing location, varietal selection and sowing timing while considering landscape, farm, and paddock conditions.

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Producer Technology Uptake Program Progression Project

This project aims to increase the adoption of soil moisture probes and weather stations to provide farmers with data-based knowledge to support better decision-making during the season in response to seasonal drought and changing conditions across the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia (WA).

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GRDC Harvester Set-Up Workshops

Grain losses during harvesting equate to significant lost income for growers across Australia every year.

To support growers in their efforts to reduce harvest losses and improve operations at harvest time, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has funded a multi-year national project ‘Optimising harvest losses, efficiency, and weed seed control; and capacity building for future delivery’ otherwise known as the Harvester Set-Up Project of which the Facey Group coordinates the Western Region workshops.

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RiskWi$e Spring Cover Crop

RiskWi$e Spring Cover Crop Use of Spring-Sown Leguminous Cover Crops to Increase Available N Key Messages Investigating if spring-sown cover crops can mitigate on-farm nitrogen

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Diamondback Moth Surveillance

The aim is to improve prompt and effective decision support for growers to manage DBM in canola crops, surveillance is being conducted throughout the five WA port zones. We aim to determine the Brassica hosts which may be present during summer and autumn and assess whether these hosts are providing a DBM reservoir bridging between growing seasons.

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Saltbush Carbon Project

Saltbush Carbon Project Assessing the Potential of Saltbush to Sequester Carbon in WA Southwest Key Messages This project will investigate the carbon sequestration potential in

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Ri$kWise Quantifying the Impact of Soil Amelioration on Nitrogen Fixation

A part of the GRDC founded RiskWi$e project the Facey Group is investigating if various soil amelioration treatments effect the rate of nodulation in lupins. Soil amelioration techniques that will be investigated are and Discorden On-Pass Finisher, K-Line Speedtiller, Clay application at 250 t/ha to 25cm and a Reefinator H4. This will ensure better understanding of the impacts of various soil amelioration practices and nodulation in lupins and may lead to further trials with other nitrogen-fixing crops on recently ameliorated soils.

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Long Coleoptile Project

Long Coleoptile Project Improving sowing opportunities for increased farm resilience in a changing climate. Key Messages: Changing climate patterns predict less in-season rain, more frequent

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Soft Wheat Trial

Soft Wheat Trial Key Messages: Demand is growing in Asia for soft wheat. Facey Group region may be well placed to meet this growing market.

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Saltbush and Novel Forage Understory Systems

Deep-rooted native shrubs or novel annual legumes offer significant opportunities to increase livestock feed supply and quality, compared to traditional forages under drought conditions. This CSIRO project will utilise both Anameka saltbush and novel understory species to demonstrate a drought-resilient and profitable system using best practices establishment.

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Grain Legume Project

This project aims to demonstrate yield potential of various legumes under two different times of sowing in the Kwinana West Port Zone. The trial component of this project will assess the impact of sowing time on a variety of chickpea, faba, pea and vetch varieties. The seeding times will consist of early sowing (~mid-April) and then a later sowing (~mid-May) and will integrate with the growers seeding program. The farmer demonstration component of this project will assess two different varieties of Faba beans for their yield potential. The two varieties differ in their resistance to fungal pathogens. The performance of the following year’s crops will be recorded for both sites.

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Summer Cover Cropping Project

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.

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