July 1, 2012
June 30, 2014
Mallee Sustainable Farming Inc: Gemma Walker.
Dodgshun Medlin: Richard Saunders and Leighton Pearce.
with support from Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin: Rachel May.
Issues constraining grain production and practices aimed at improving participation and land management outcomes in the SA Mallee needed to be extended.
Facilitated groups gave farmers the opportunity to learn more about projects in the Mallee, latest technology and practical management programs and strategies to improve profitability.
The core objectives of the project were to determine:
In the field
The project started in 2012 with eight farmer groups wanting to address locally-relevant issues through workshops and field walks. The groups were Geranium, Karoonda, Partners in Grain-Bowhill, Loxton, Lowbank, Lameroo, Swan Reach/Nildottie and Wanbi/Copeville.
Topics varied according to each group:
Projects were established to help farmers address specific research development and extension priorities identified during the workshops.
Speakers linked with projects were brought in at the request of farmers or as recommended by project consultants. As a result of the workshops and field walks, farmers were challenged, informed and updated on local cropping issues. The groups provided a conduit for the farmers’ issues and challenges to be fed through to funding bodies.
Discussion regarding National Variety Trial outcomes in the Mallee informed farmers about variety performance and new varieties. A need for broad-scale legume variety trials was identified in order to implement outcomes from a crop sequencing project recently undertaken in the Mallee.
Future research and group investigation will focus on crop sequencing and rotations, new varieties, rhizoctonia, legumes for the Mallee, grass herbicide resistance and carbon farming.
Value for growers
Key findings in this project have been: