Future farming systems for the Dawson Callide and Central Highlands region came under the spotlight recently when local growers and consultants gathered in Biloela and Emerald to discuss the outcomes and implications of a major grains research project.
The northern farming systems initiative is a key research investment for the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and is investigating the long-term impacts on productivity, profitability and soil health under different farming systems.
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Currently in its fifth year, the project incorporates a trial site at Emerald which is one of six regional sites stretching from central Queensland to central west NSW.
The work is comparing a baseline system with a number of system modifications such as higher legume, higher intensity, higher nutrient and higher soil fertility.
The trial results and their implications for longer term changes in farming practices attracted plenty of interest and discussion at the meeting.