Projects

The Art of a Naturally Connected Community

The Art of a Naturally Connected Community will see Far East Victoria Landcare (FEVL) and Southern Farming Systems (SFS) working together with the Gippsland rural community to build partnerships, share passions and enhance social connectedness through a visual arts project. This project aims to create a light-hearted “no skills required”...
  • Gippsland Primary Health Network and the Australian Government’s One Good Community Wellbeing Grants Program
  • Natalie Jenkins
  • East Gippsland
  • Current

We Survived 2020!

The project aims to engage with farmers and rural service providers, within the Gippsland Region from the Victorian/NSW border in the east to Traralgon in the west. This project will be partnering with multiple rural health organisations and rural service providers and will be running an afternoon paddock walk field...
  • Gippsland Primary Health Network and the Australian Government’s One Good Community Wellbeing Grants Program
  • Natalie Jenkins
  • East Gippsland
  • Current
BFR

BUILDING THE RESILIENCE AND PROFITABILITY OF CROPPING AND GRAZING FARMERS IN THE HIGH RAINFALL ZONE OF SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA.

A consortium of Farming Groups, Landcare, industry bodies, private enterprise, Government agencies and a University from across three States to address soil acidification and build more resilient farm businesses.
  • Australian Government's NLP2 & GRDC
  • Bret Ryan, Lisa Miller
  • Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia (inc. Kangaroo Island)
  • Current
Cover Crop walk

MIXED COVER CROPS FOR SUSTAINABLE FARMING

A project is currently underway, focusing on ‘Mixed Cover Crops for Sustainable Farming’, with funding through the National Landcare Program Phase 2 (NLP2). Ag Excellence Alliance is leading the work and Southern Farming Systems have been subcontracted to undertake the work in south-west Victoria, Gippsland and Tasmania.
  • Australian Governments NLP2 & GRDC
  • Ashley Amourgis, Brett Davey, Natalie Jenkins
  • South West Victoria, Gippsland & Tasmania
  • Current
Deep N soil sampling

DEEP BANDING NITROGEN

This project aims to demonstrate options to current fertiliser management practices which typically involve large applications of surface applied nitrogen (mainly unprotected urea) onto crops at early stem extension. This is often at a time when soils are at field capacity and waterlogged, resulting in inefficient use of fertiliser. The...
  • Australian Governments NLP2
  • Ashley Amourgis
  • South West Victoria
  • Current
NVT canola IWM wheat

IWM LONG TERM LAKE BOLAC TRIAL

Build upon the legacy of the work begun in 2012 and continue to explore the effect of crop competition, herbicide intensity and rotation on annual ryegrass control in the HRZ.
  • GRDC
  • James Manson, Audrey Gripper
  • Lake Bolac
  • Current
AGV DIS WHT TAR NTH 5

SOIL AND PLANT TESTING

This project involves an intensive soil and plant testing demonstration program involving approximately 100 growers across the southern region. At nutrient responsive sites, growers will be supported to instigate fertiliser test strips to illustrate responses, supported by plant tests. The impact on nutrient use efficiency, profit for each grower and...
  • Ashley Amourgis, Grace Evans
  • Current
Fig 16 Ryegrass in Crop

WEED COMPETITION

Measure the value of crop competition for annual ryegrass control across the LRZ, MRZ and HRZ's in cereals and break crops. Test the interaction of herbicide and crop competition control. Degree of crop competition changed by changing sowing date and sowing rate.
  • James Manson, Greta Duff, Grace Evans
  • Current
Prec Planter

PRECISION PLANTER

This research project is about understanding the effects of crop establishment, density and spacings on growth and yield in canola and pulses in the southern and western regions. The aim of the project is to document the current levels of crop establishment in the western and southern regions, to identify...
  • GRDC & University of Adelaide
  • Ashley Amourgis
  • Inverleigh
  • Current
NVT wheat germinating in direct drilled hemp stubble

NATIONAL VARIETY TRIALS

NVT involves the conduct of field trials of advanced fixed breeding lines, accepted for inclusion in NVT Trials, according to agreed protocols, to provide independent crop varietal evaluation data for growers. NVT Trials test Lines submitted by Breeders for independent benchmarking against other breeding lines and popular commercial varieties. When...
  • GRDC
  • Gina Kreeck, Audrey Gripper, Brett Davey
  • Inverleigh, Lake Bolac, Hamilton, Tasmania
  • Current
Faba Bean Nodulation

NITROGEN FIXATION

Pulses are estimated to fix about 120kg N/ha, or more than 220,000 tonnes N across Australia, worth about $220 million each year. However, not all pulses are well nodulated and fix N to their potential, especially on acidic soils. It was recently estimated (by the GRDC) that N fixation could...
  • GRDC & MSF
  • James Manson, Greta Duff, Grace Evans
  • South West Victoria
  • Current
HYC2 GD 253

HYPER YIELDING CROPS

The purpose of this investment is to assist growers and their advisors to effectively implement new knowledge, tools, technologies or practices into whole-of-farm systems to set new attainable yield benchmarks. It will also extend, build upon and extract additional value from historic R,D&E outcomes from HYC in Tasmania.
  • GRDC & FAR Australia
  • Ashley Amourgis, Greta Duff, Brett Davey
  • South West Victoria & Tasmania
  • Current
Pulse Validation

PULSE VALIDATION

Develop pulse agronomy for the HRZ in order to promote their place in the rotations of farming systems in the region.
  • GRDC & Ag VIC & Southern Pulse Agronomy
  • James Manson, Greta Duff, Grace Evans
  • Inverleigh, Lake Bolac, Hamilton
  • Current
Alternative Legume Crops

ALTERNATIVE LEGUME CROPS

The aim of the Alternative Legume Crops Project is to identify legume species suited to, but not currently grown across a variety of farming systems and environments in Victoria to expand the range of rotations available to Victorian grain growers. This may include crops sown within the traditional winter cropping...
  • GRDC & Ag Vic
  • Gina Kreeck, Audrey Gripper
  • Inverleigh
  • Current
Intercropping to exploit rainfall for profit

INTERCROPPING TO EXPLOIT RAINFALL FOR PROFIT

The aim of the Cereals – Intercropping to exploit rainfall for profit project (VGIP2B) is to identify novel rotation and fallow management options that can be reliably adopted within southern Australia to make more efficient use of annual rainfall patters and improve farm profits.
  • GRDC & Ag VIC
  • Gina Kreeck, Audrey Gripper
  • Willaura
  • Current

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