It’s official! The highly-anticipated TECHSPO will be returning to WA on the 7th & 8th August 2019.
We are bringing technology developers, farmers, advisors, expert researchers and officials together for two jam-packed days of advanced agriculture technology, information sharing and collaboration with an optional study tour for those who want to experience more. Topics that will be unpacked include virtual sales yards, augmented reality in farming, robotics in agriculture and provenance and traceability trends.
This event format is based on a mixture of conference and in-field demonstrations. TECHSPO is unique in that it offers working demonstration areas that allow participants to learn experientially which has long been acknowledged in agriculture as a primary extension tool: farmers can touch feel and see the technologies first hand. The event will demonstrate areas that are critical for farming in this state – Livestock technologies for sheep, cattle, and other animals, broadacre cropping technologies, big data and new apps, machinery and Greentech. Tickets are limited and will sell through quickly, so be sure to secure your spot for TECHSPO 2019. Early bird tickets are now available for members at $55 off the regular ticket price for a limited time. The first day of the conference will be held at Wagin Showgrounds, with the second demonstration day held in Katanning.
To view the current program of activities, purchase your early bird tickets and take a sneak-peak at TECHSPO’s impressive line-up, visit www.techspo.com.au.
Kojonup’s Spring Field Day NVT tour looked at Southern Dirts Canola Trails and Dr Heping’s main take-home messages from the CSIRO research and his presentation on the day were:
The CSIRO trials at Kojonup over the last five years showed that hybrid canola outyielded open-pollinated canola by 15-24% on average. Our economic analysis also showed that growing hybrid canola is more profitable than open-pollinated canola after considering the cost of hybrid seeds. Therefore, growers in the high rainfall (annual rainfall > 450mm) zone of Western Australia can take advantage of hybrid canola. We recommend that growers gradually switch from open-pollinated canola to hybrids as growers increases their confidence in hybrids.
The CSIRO trials at Kojonup showed that late flowering spring canola allows the crop to accumulate more biomass, set up high yield potential and produce a 5-13% higher yield than early flowering canola. If the early sowing opportunities present, growing late-flowering spring canola can also reduce the risk of frost.
Southern Dirt have been awarded GRDC funding for several local projects of importance to our farmers. Through an extensive consultation with farmers we developed a priority list for funding and were successful in obtaining a number of grants.
The 4 trials we are implementing currently include:
Summer Cropping Demonstrations – This project will be a demonstration of summer cropping and will evaluate the resultant impact on crop growth and yield on winter waterlogged soils in the Albany port zone.
Optimising Timing of Nitrogen – To enable growers to make timely and efficient nitrogen decisions by having a rule of thumb around the cost/benefit of feeding N to crops on waterlogged soils.
Ripper Gauge Trials – Growers will use the demonstration sites to increase knowledge and adoption of deep ripping and controlled traffic farming used for alleviating non-wetting soils, compaction and waterlogging on their particular soil types and farming systems.
Demonstrations of Legume Crops for Reliable Profitability – The majority of growers in the port zones will have access to agronomy packages for pulses/legumes and to whole farm modelling tools for their own farms to determine if particular legumes are profitable in their system. 20% of growers will be actively using these tools to assess the risks and rewards in growing a legume for a break crop on their property by 2021.
Southern Dirt is off to a huge start with a number of key events scheduled for February in our region. First up on Feb 6th is the GRDC Farm Business Updates followed by a Plozza Plow Demonstration event on the 15th February alongside the Cropping Challenge 2017 Wrap up and awards and followed by the GRDC Grains Research Updates on the 28th. You can book for all events on www.southerndirt.com.au/events. Don’t miss out because all places are limited.
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.”
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.
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 ���
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.