December 2023

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Soil Your Undies

In a recent study field trip, Cam Barr, SFS visited the north-central and northeast NSW...
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RaboResearch podcasts crack one million downloads as listeners hungry for food and agri knowledge

A strong appetite among listeners for specialist food and agricultural sector knowledge has seen agribusiness...
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Prepare now for earlier livestock feeding

A few dry months across South West Victoria has decreased the normal spring pasture flush,...
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Canola: the ‘war crop’ will fight back in 2024

Global canola production in the current 2023/24 year is at the second-highest level ever, yet...
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Management of sowing rates and PGR’s on Barley Varieties

Plant Growth Regulators (PGR) are a great management tool for producers in the region to...
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Amazing AgriFocus!

AGRIFOCUS 2023 attracted over 250 people on the 18th October at  Southern Farming Systems leading...
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Matching soil performance indicators to farming systems.

Dr Nathan Robinson from Federation University Australia, is undertaking research about the decisions that different...
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Global fertiliser markets looking calmer in 2024, despite Israel-Hamas conflict uncertainty

After extreme market volatility and record-high prices in recent years, global fertiliser prices are expected...
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Winter Canola Performance

Growing winter ‘dual purpose’ canola presents a great opportunity for mixed farming growers to increase...
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Fantastic Feedbase Focus!

Southern Farming Systems (SFS) held their inaugural ‘Feedbase Focus’ event on the 1st of November...
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Australian Winter Crop Forecast – production down, but prices provide silver lining

After three consecutive strong harvests, Australian grain and oilseed production is set to return to...
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SFS Casual Summer Position

Southern Farming Systems are looking for casual staff for harvest. Ideally, applicants should have an...
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More fertiliser heading down the tube in year ahead

It is clear that the period of plentiful rainfall is over ‘Down Under’ said Rabobank...
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Improving Winter Pasture Growth Rates

Is it worth improving the old established but semi dormant Australian Phalaris pasture or resow...
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The Count is On! For nodulation that is…

Nodulation counts are probably one of the most intensive assessments we do at SFS. Nodulation...
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Victorian farmer confidence wanes despite good seasonal conditions

Results at a glance: ■ Victorian farmer confidence has declined in the latest quarter following...
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Crop sequencing rotations for profitability & sustainability

The new Farming Systems South project is looking at various crops, their end uses and...
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Caramut farmer studies corporate and family farming collaborations for Nuffield scholarship

Patience is a virtue, and while Covid proved a frustrating disruption for 2020 Nuffield Scholar...
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Australian farm fertiliser outlook: a recovery in demand and application rates

Improved affordability of agricultural fertiliser is set to prompt a recovery in demand and application...
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Adapting to Climate Change

Simple adaptation has the potential to alleviate most of the financial impacts from predicted climate...
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Costs and commodities – a look ahead at the grain market

The Australian dollar has weakened in recent weeks, making exports more competitive, but adding cost...
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Dry Spring how much does it effect pasture production?

The talk of an El Nino spring and summer means we should be preparing for...
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Short-term volatility, but input prices set to be contained for season ahead

International fertiliser prices are poised to decrease or remain stable for the coming months.  However,...
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Tour the Sites!

Throughout the months of July, August and September Southern Farming Systems (SFS) are holding a...
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Pasture Variety Trials at Rokewood

Since the trial site was established in May 2023, there has been plenty of work...
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In Crop Applications Ground vs Air!

“Farmers are often faced with the question whether to treat their crop by aerial application...
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Should local wheat prices be trading at a premium this year?

Moving into April this year, conditions were starting to look drier for many Australian crop...
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Utilising deep Nitrogen soil testing to make fertiliser decisions in winter months

As the cooler months set in, shifting focus to the maintenance of soil fertility with...
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Making Vetch Hay while the sun shines!

Faba beans are the most commonly grown pulse in the Western Districts of Victoria. However,...
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Australian fertiliser demand on the other side of the see-saw

As the majority of paddocks have now been sown and the bulk of farm inputs...
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Top Soils Project – Gippsland

A major project across Gippsland for the last 10 years has been the Top Soils...
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Can canola captivate – global canola production forecast

The global canola season of 2022/23 is soon coming to an end. As global production...
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The benefits of mixed species crops

Mixed species crops are proving to be a handy tool for mixed farming enterprises, who...
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‘What goes up, must come down’ – Australian winter crop outlook

The nation is on track to plant an impressive 23.48 million hectare winter crop this...
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Better Soil Conditions for the Next Generation

No longer are people content just to be sustainable, but they are striving to create...
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Applying Lime in East Gippsland’s High Country

Between 2014-15, a survey was conducted across various agricultural regions in East Gippsland to assess...
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Check out our latest Farm Focus Video!

Farm Focus-Livestock Containment Video has just been released on the SFS You Tube channel! Check...
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SFS New Graduate Research & Extension Officer

Southern Farming Systems has just employed our fourth Graduate Reasearch and Extension Officer.  "We are...
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Dung Beetles on a Roll

Dung beetles are miracle agricultural engineers, through their actions of tunneling dung into the soil,...
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Animal Production & Feed Budgeting at Chatsworth House

Last Thursday 25th May, 29 women from all over the western district braved the cold...
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With El Niño climate models steady, now is the time to review drought resilience

Putting farm businesses under a ‘drought microscope’ is step one in being prepared. The latest...
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Global grain and oilseed estimates: ‘assuming nothing goes wrong’

This month has seen the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have its first crack...
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Corangamite & Glenelg Hopkins CMA Soil Testing – What is it telling us??

In the Corangamite region SFS has been delivering the Improving On Farm Soil Project that...
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Fine tuning feed budgeting

The Glenelg Hopkins Rural Women on Farms groups are keen to learn how to create...
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A year of record highs for Victorian farmland – Rabobank report

Median agricultural land prices in Victoria jumped by 28 per cent in 2022 – after...
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Important notice of immediate changes for canola treated with haloxyfop

Australian canola growers and farm advisors are notified that the European Union (EU) has announced...
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Crop sequencing project kicks off

This year will be the first year of a new project managed by by the...
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A glimpse into the new wheat season – a global perspective

With northern hemisphere wheat heading into the important yield-determining month of May, attention is turning...
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How does prilled lime fit into soil acidity management?

Are prilled lime products effective in soil acidity management? Agricultural lime itself is cheap ($20...
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The start of the season is here…

The time between harvest and sowing seems to get shorter every year! Yet again, we...
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Regional Drought Resilience Planning program

The Regional Drought Resilience Planning Program will deliver nine Regional Drought Resilience Plans across Victoria...
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Climate curveballs and pasture production

The 2022 farming season was certainly a challenge with its highs and lows, with rainfall...
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Dung Beetle Survey

The dung beetle survey in the Upper Barwon and Geelong Landcare Network areas is ten...
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SFS Results Morning Wrap up

Last week SFS results morning was held at the Willaura Hall where SFS staff presented...
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Future still bright for canola despite 2023 oversupply

“We have moved into 2023 with considerably more canola than last year, both globally and...
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SFS Long-term Pasture Variety Trials

In 2021, Southern Farming Systems established a feed base focused trial site at Rokewood, SW...
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Selecting your perfect pasture match!

Thinking about sowing a new pasture? There are four main considerations in choosing your perfect...
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Fertiliser decisions in the wake of last year’s waterlogging

Last year’s extreme October and November waterlogging events continue to impact us and this time...
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Key Learnings from the 2023 GRDC Grains Research Update

On the 21st of February, 8 SFS team members made the trip up to Bendigo...
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Stripper vs Draper followed by Disc & Tyne Which system will handle the HRZ stubble?

After a late start due to wet conditions in 2022, the stubble project is finally...
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Reflect, Retrospect, Reality Check!

The 2022 farming season was certainly a challenge with its’ highs and lows. The Southern...
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Recessionary risks and impact on Australian grain

Reducing inflation in Australia and many other countries around the world seems more difficult than...
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Position Available! Graduate Research and Extension Officer

Work with a leading agricultural research and extension organisation. Learn agronomy from experienced colleagues and...
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Farm inputs – endeavouring for a new equilibrium

Throughout 2022, the farm inputs price needle moved up, fast and often, following a series...
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Data, Statistics, Analysis, and Reports

The fun of harvest can’t last forever! Now that we have finished harvesting, it’s time...
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Livestock eID Tags have them, but do you use them?

In Victoria, electronic ID (eID) tags are mandatory for sheep and eligible goats born after...
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What is happening at the Rokewood Pasture Site?

After the wet spring and cancelled Feedbase Focus. The summer fodder crops are well worth...
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Test them, to better use them!

Ask a grower what the most important feature of their farm is, and you will...
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Hyper Yielding Crop Award Paddock Assessments

As we near the end of the harvest season, majority of the trials have been...
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Trial Harvest in the South West

It sure is harvest time at Southern Farming Systems! With a string of good weather...
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Vic Hub’s new podcast series a practical look at farming innovation

 Ep 1 drops Wednesday 18 January! Innovation AG, the new podcast series from the Victoria...
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Summer Pasture Stress

With ground temperatures likely to exceed 40 degrees on more than 50% of summer days,...
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SFS Variety x Management Trials

The SFS Variety by Management (VxM) trials are a core part of our trials program at SFS,...
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Trying to get your head around on-farm emissions in a mixed farming system?

Are you a sheep or wool farmer interested in becoming one of a select number...
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Using sheep eID tags to make informed management decisions

Wanting to make changes to your flock management, but aren’t sure where to start? Want...

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