2003 Liebe trial program underway

28 May, 2003 10:00 PM
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THE Liebe Group trial program for 2003 is in full swing.

The main Liebe trial site, which is being hosted by Keith Carter 20km east of Wubin this season, has attracted some very exciting research.

Liebe Group co-ordinator Gavin Bignell said the group's R&D committee was made up of growers and industry representatives who prioritised research for the main trials.

"This grower involvement ensures relevant and priority trials for the region," Mr Bignell said.

A long-term priority at the main trial site includes gross margin comparisons of high, medium, low and seasonally adjusted input farming systems.

An amelioration trial looking at a range of different management options to combat sub-soil acidity has also attracted a lot of attention from growers.

With the revised interest in pasture, a trial has been established to examine a number of different species, including the new hard seeded serradella varieties, on both heavy and light soil.

Lupins also feature at the site with wide rows, higher rates of herbicides and new variety (including Belara replacement 2141) trials.

Other trials include PR70 and phosphorous interaction, K placement and timing, compaction on heavy soils of different machines, new pulse varieties and new wheat varieties.

Research organisations involved with delivering a high quality trials program at the main trial site include CSBP, Department of Agriculture, Elders, Agritech, Summit, Povers Rural and Syngenta.

The Liebe Spring Field Day is scheduled for September 11 at the main trial site. Due to the number and quality of trials the day promises to be very informative.

With the appointment of an R&D coordinator, on-farm research has also increased in the area this year. The focus has been on wheat varieties, stripe rust management and wide row lupins.

Another aspect of the Liebe trials this season will be to increase the productivity of saline land through a range of different vegetation options.

Row spacings of saltbush and the potential of perennial pastures to increase saline land productivity are two examples of the kind of research being done in the area.

Funding from the GRDC has also assisted the Liebe Group to establish a long-term research site west of Buntine.

Soil health in the focus of the site with enhancing organic and biological fertility, overcoming compaction and sub-soil constraints as the research priority.

pMore information: Gavin Bignell, phone 9664 2030; e-mail: liebe.gavin@bigpond.com

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