UPPER Blackwood Tech Field tours were held in Wagin and Katanning earlier this month, with more than 40 farmers attending to learn about soil improvement activities.
The tours were held as free event and brought together speakers including Frank D’Emden of Precision Agronomics Australia, Paul Omodei from AgVivo – Evergreen and Neil Ballard of Global Pasture Consultants.
“The days were designed to share the lessons learnt by the 30 farmers across Wagin Woodanilling, Dumbleyung and Katanning who took part in the Increasing the Uptake of Technology to Improve Soil Condition, a $130,000 project funded under the federal NRM program Caring for Our Country,” Wagin Woodanilling Landcare Zone manager Danielle Perrie said.
Dumbleyung Landcare Zone manager Cara Badger said it was great to work in conjunction with the Wagin Woodanilling Landcare Zone and the Katanning LCDC.
“The project supported 30 farmers to undertake deeper soil testing to help them understand soil constraints at a mid and sub level, before gaining membership and technical support through Evergreen,” Ms Badger said.
In Wagin, farmers met at the White’s property on the Bullock Hills Road to look at spring sown tall wheatgrass, comparing a heavily grazed site with a stand that was allowed to set seed.
“We were very happy with the result which has basically converted a samphire flat into grazing paddocks with a lot of feed value,” Xavier White said.
Paul Omodei from AgVivo said it was one of the better tall wheatgrass stands he had seen.
“Xavier did very well with weed control getting two knockdowns which is essential for good perennial establishment,” he said.
The group then moved on to Katanning, where they visited the Kowald’s property on Cherry Tree Pool Road.
The day ended with a rundown of pasturepicker.com.au, an online advice platform developed by Pastures Australia, which allows landholders to enter a range of information and gain recommendations for their site.