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  • Mineral mulch – a new moisture-saving frontier
    Western, 04 Apr 2022
    Mineral mulch – a new moisture-saving frontier

    A flood in 2017 that saw sand deposited across Peter Daw’s cropping country at Ravensthorpe turned into a learning experience with longer-term benefits. Peter spread that sand more evenly and the crops yielded much better than average, he has now extended his mineral mulching to gravels with similar gains in yield.

  • Exhaustive endeavour to relieve soils headache
    Western, 26 Feb 2022
    Exhaustive endeavour to relieve soils headache

    An ambitious soil profile re-engineering project is underway on Mark Pearce’s Tarin Rock property in the Western Australian wheatbelt to see what theoretical upper limit to crop production can be achieved with increasing levels of soil amelioration.

  • Trevor’s success with non-wetters
    Western, 01 Feb 2022
    Trevor’s success with non-wetters

    For Trevor, even though 100 per cent establishment is the aim, he’s happy with 70–80 per cent as long as minimum plant numbers are met for optimal yield.

  • Multiple benefits arise from cropping diversity
    Western, 17 Nov 2021
    Multiple benefits arise from cropping diversity

    A diverse crop portfolio matched with new ideas and skills gives the Kelly family business the agility to deal with changing climates and markets.

  • Tackling clay with care after years of experience
    Western, 08 Oct 2021
    Tackling clay with care after years of experience

    Peter Luberda shares his knowledge of clay spreading gained over many years.

  • Years of spreading clay provide valuable lessons
    Western, 05 Oct 2021
    Years of spreading clay provide valuable lessons

    Years of patient and thoughtful clay spreading by Peter Luberda on a property near Esperance has resulted in persisting productivity increases. Peter shares how taking a whole farm approach with a long-term view is paying dividends.

  • Prior harvest lessons increase returns for growers
    Western, 02 Sep 2021
    Prior harvest lessons increase returns for growers

    During last season’s harvest, these growers all struggled to get the most out of their harvest. This harvest they’ve kicked off with some improvements that will surely increase their yield and output.

  • Grower driven to search for new wheat genetics
    Western, 27 Jul 2021
    Grower driven to search for new wheat genetics

    Dealing with persistent changes in rainfall pattern, farming near Southern Cross in Western Australia, Callum Wesley has taken the challenge on himself to seek out new wheat genetics that may become a more regular risk management tool for wheat production in his cropping environment.

  • Retained lupin seed germination puzzle
    Western, 17 Jul 2021
    Retained lupin seed germination puzzle

    Lupin seed integrity can play a significant role in germination and although research has eliminated some factors that affect it, research is still continuing.

  • New seeding approach helps to optimise establishment in WA’s shorter seeding windows
    Western, 21 May 2021
    New seeding approach helps to optimise establishment in WA’s shorter seeding windows

    Stuart McAlpine finds that marginal moisture conditions are the primary factor limiting good establishment in his region.

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