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New research for Victorian Mallee farmers

Making credible local data available to Victorian Mallee farmers is the key focus of nine research projects being delivered across the region.

New research for Victorian Mallee farmers

Sheep grazing at the ENRICH trial site.

Projects are focusing on improving soil health in the dryland agricultural area, with a range of on-ground research and demonstration activities being conducted throughout the 2010 growing season.

Support for these projects is provided through Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) state and federally funded programs, in partnership with regional agency and industry groups. Organisations engaged by the Mallee CMA to deliver the projects include Mallee Sustainable Farming, the Birchip Cropping Group, the Department of Primary Industries, Dodshun Medlin Agricultural Management, AGRIvision and Mallee Focus.

Projects underway include investigations on summer weed control strategies and implications for soil health; how barley and wheat crops respond to grazing; the forage potential of perennial shrubs in alternative grazing systems; and the impact of low input cropping on soil health.

“For farmers to be successful in our region, they need to have access to reliable information that will help them make good decisions about both the economic and environmental sustainability of their management practices and farming systems,” Mallee CMA board chair Joan Burns said.

“The work to be conducted during 2010 builds on previous projects that have evaluated the impact of land management practices on soil erosion, soil health and crop water use, as well as the impact on farm productivity,” Ms Burns said.

“Dryland farmers have the opportunity to view these projects at a range of field days being conducted throughout the year.”

Click here to download the fact sheet detailing the 2010 projects and relevant contacts.

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