Building ties with Farmers – Bayer Upgrades to Gold

Bayer have upgraded their Southern Dirt sponsorship to Gold. Craig White, Bayer’s Team Leader in the south is committed to partnering with farmers in the region to help in the fight to build and sustain profitable farming businesses.

Craig has always been a supporter of the group, giving countless hours of time helping develop the groups strategy and is a valued member of the Southern Dirt marketing committee. This was always outside the Bronze sponsorship the group previously received. With the upgrade of sponsorship, Bayer have backed Craig to further develop the group on the back of receding funding from government.

Southern Dirt Chair, Gradyn Wilcox says ” This sends a clear message to farmers that Bayer is there to support you and we look forward to building this partnership well into the future.”


SDYF Ball 2017 Huge Success

Attendees at the inaugural Southern Dirt Young Farmers Ball had a fantastic night of partying at the old Moodiarrup hall.  It was interesting to note that many of them talked about how their parents had attended similar events back in their day and were happy it was now their turn to have fun.

Tickets for the ball sold out in a matter of days and just showed how hungry young people are for socialisation in a country environment.

A huge congratulations to the committee for their fabulous work and a great social marketing campaign.

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SDYF Kojonup Sundowner (Sleepover)

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Date: 18 March

Time: 6pm

Place: Qualeup Hall

What better way to celebrate the end of harvest then sharing some beers, food and boogie times with a bunch of like minded friends!!!

Southern Dirt Young Farmers KO would like to invite to to the Qualeup hall on the 18th of March for a post harvest/new year/general fun time sundowner. For a low price of $44 for members +BF (and $55 for non-members) it’s shaping up to be the best !

THEME/DRESS: Cocktail with a country twist (we will be having a fashion shoot prior to the big day to give you ideas!)

SLEEPING: Bring ya swags and a pillow. Plenty of space for everyone to stay!

~drinks~ Beer, cider and soft drink
~food~ Snacks and dinner plus breaky for a nice morning wake up!

TICKETS: will be available soon online. Will also have cash sales on the night (no ticket no entry!!)

GET: EXCITED! Gonna be a ripper yeww

Any questions please feel free to contact Caz House or Soph Forrester or any of the SD committee ���


Dirt to $ Cropping Challenge 2.0

The DIRT to $ Cropping Challenge was a concept developed by Southern DIRT to provide a unique opportunity for members, sponsors and the wider community to create a syndicate with a difference. Making a comeback in 2017, the completion is scheduled to run for three consecutive years. At the end of each rotation yield and profits are calculated on a basis of a 50 Ha paddock with an overall winner announced at the closure of the final rotation.

About Dirt to $ Brochure

DIRT to $ Nomination Form

 Entries open now 

Team requirements

  •  Choose a current, commercial variety of Canola for 2017
  •  Select a sowing rate
  •  Choose sowing time
  •  Decide on the option to conduct a soil test analysis
  •  Design a fertiliser program
  •  Decide on the option to apply lime to improve soil health for the following rotation
  •  Nominate a herbicide spray program, both pre-emergent and post-emergent
  •  Decide on grain marketing strategies

Competition rules

  • The cost of the optional soil test will be taken off the gross margin
  • All plots will be harvested at maturity


  • To encourage the learning and sharing of new products and techniques
  • To compare district practice with alternative management strategies
  • To provide the opportunity for Southern DIRT members, sponsors, other Growers and the wider community to interact with like-minded industry peers
  • To provide members, sponsors and other growers with the opportunity to participate in an industry focused team building exercise
  • To give young agriculture students and farmers a ‘hands on’ experience growing and marketing a crop


Southern Dirt’s new Cropping Challenge 2 is now open for team participation. Contact us for further details.

Southern DIRT would like to acknowledge and thank Dominic Laurino for the land we are using and the Katanning Shire for their support.

Thank you to all of the teams for accepting the challenge and being involved with Western Australia’s first Cropping Challenge. There has been great interest in the competition and Southern DIRT looks forward to your continued involvement as we commence a new rotation of the competition.

An information brochure is downloadable at the top of this page or email for more information.



Soil Acidity Management Strategies Throughout Western Australia

Roger & Simon House, “Starhaven”

For the past year we have been keeping you updated on the liming trial located at “Starhaven” in Kojonup, however this site is only one of many across the Wheatbelt being delivered under the RDC funding project, “Working together to deliver multiple benefit messages to growers through a whole systems approach to soil management.”

Southern DIRT recently collaborated with one of our members, John Pascoe of Red Hills in Arthur River, to deliver a case study on alternative methods for ameliorating soil constraints which he is trialling.

To read John’s case study, and those submitted by other growers across the Wheatbelt, click HERE.