Below is the list of research projects currently underway. For further information on any of these trials, please contact Melissa Jardine via mel@southerndirt.com.au​ or Sheridan Kowald via sheridan@southerndirt.com.au

Phosphorous efficient pastures (P4Pastures)

Increasing Profits with Dual Purpose Crops PDS

Legume Demonstration for Reliable Profitability in the Albany Port Zone

Assessing the ability to reduce the phosphorous (P)- dependence of Australian temperate pastures by expanding the use of high yielding serradella-based pastures that have lower fertiliser-P requirements.

Developing three sites, each year for three years, to demonstrate and quantify the benefits of dual-purpose crops into mixed farm systems to address the autumn/winter feed gap. 

Comparing legume crops in farmer scale seeding strips to determine their profitability and benefits to the following cereal crop.

Demonstrating the Benefits of Soil Amelioration in the Albany Port Zone: Ripper Gauge Trials

Optimising Timing and Rate of Nitrogen in Waterlogging Conditions

Summer Cropping Demonstrations in the Western Region

Evaluating the grain yield and economic benefit of soil amelioration and controlled traffic practices to alleviate non-wetting soils, compaction and waterlogging on a broad range of soil types across selected port zones of WA.

Enabling growers to make timely and efficient decisions in the Albany and Esperance port zones by having a rule of thumb around the cost/benefit of feeding Nitrogen to crops on waterlogging soils.

The aim of the project is to identify if summer cropping is a viable tool to improve winter crop establishment, crop rooting depth and yield in a waterlogging year, therefore increasing the winter cropping area.

Non-Wetting Management Options for Growers in the Albany Port Zone

Using Long Season Wheats for Increases in Profits and Grazing Opportunities

Investment in WA focused Linseed Agronomy (Small Plot Flax Trials)

To develop, implement and manage a research trial and project extension to improve the confidence in diagnostic methods for delineating and implementing methods to overcome non-wetting in a variety soil types, and to increase the confidence of growers in the decision making for improving soil productivity.

To encourage the adoption of long season wheats into crop rotations through farmer scale demonstrations. To demonstrate time of sowing, best available varieties suited to the area, and the opportunity for grazing without yield penalty.

The aim of the Small Plot Flax Trials is to establish the best agronomic practice for the establishment of flax crops in the Great Southern Region of WA. Three small plot trials have been established in 2019 using two commercially available flax varieties. The trial compares three times of sowing, three seeding rates and three N rates.

Flax Supply Chain

Intensive Grazing in Spring

GRDC NPK 2018-2022

To take a flax crop from paddock to retail to develop a supply chain.

To show that short periods of intensive grazing in spring will increase soil fertility and control insect pests without the use of insecticides.

To organise a series of workshops in the western region that present GRDC research findings and increase grower knowledge on N, P, and K fertilisers, and enable them to make better informed decisions on fertiliser use.

Summer Cropping to Improve Cereal Yield in the High Rainfall Cropping Zone of WA as a Response to Climate Change

Real time BioMass Imaging and the FOO App for Improved Feed Budgeting

To identify new and improved fodder and food crop options during the summer period for producers in the High Rainfall Cropping Zone of WA, and to assess their ability to add value to the whole crop enterprise.

To demonstrate that the adoption of Realtime Biomass Assessment using handheld optical sensors combined with the FOO App can improve on-farm productivity and profitability through better grazing management and pasture utilisation.