W Read Earlston 2017-18

Embracing Precision Agriculture

Australian farmers are among the most inventive and forward thinking in the world.  Living and working as we do across a broad continent that covers a huge range of environments, with highly variable weather patterns and an unpredictable changing climate, it’s something we tend to take for granted. Precision agriculture...
  • GRDC & SPAA
  • Michelle McClure
  • Inverleigh
  • Current
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Assessing the suitability of existing small farm dams to prepare for, cope with, and recover from drought

This project uses spatial imagery and allows a farmer to ‘click’ on an existing dam on a map.  The tool being developed will automatically map the catchment above the dam and using 5 km climate grids, along with catchment runoff models, predict the frequency and volume of runoff at that...
  • Current
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Mapping the Farm (Innovation Grant)

To investigate  mapping and monitoring farms using multiple mapping systems of Satellite, EM, Yield Monitor, drones & other sensors to gather the base data linked to the decisions of the time, so when conditions change you can recognise trigger points of change.
  • Current
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Soil Moisture and Informed Decisions

The amount of stored soil moisture and soil temperature drives pasture and crop growth. An extensive soil moisture network operated across the southern high rainfall zone of Australia has been enhanced and expanded in a recent National Landcare Smart Farming Partnerships Project called "Building the resilience and profitability of cropping...
  • This Project is supported by FRRR, through funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.
  • Michelle McClure, Bret Ryan
  • Inverleigh, Streatham, Hamilton, Gippsland and Tasmania
  • Current
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Understanding the Research, Development & Extension needs of the fodder industry

Victoria is the engine room of Australia’s fodder production (40% of Australian total, 90% sales), yet the domestic fodder production (hay / silage) is very laissez faire.  It operates primarily through many individuals making decisions depending on seasons, circumstances and local demand (unlike the fodder export industry, which has its...
  • This project is supported by Southern Farming Systems, through funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.
  • Current
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Correct design of on farm water reticulation systems

It has been identified by merchandise business's in the East Grampians region for developing skills within business to provide appropriate design and planning advice on expenditure on infrastructure of tanks, pipes and troughs is adequate for drought conditions.
  • This project is supported by Southern Farming Systems, through funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.
  • South West Victoria
  • Current
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Review of the functioning of the Victorian emergency water supply network

Through the South West node it was identified that the network of 300 emergency water supply points (EWSPs)  across Victoria that provide water carting for emergency stock and domestic purposes and firefighting are managed and maintained by a range of organisations, including local councils and urban and rural water corporations....
  • This project is supported by Southern Farming Systems, through funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.
  • South West Victoria
  • Current
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Containment for livestock

It has been identified that is commonly recognised the need to have livestock containment areas on farms is a good risk management tool in drought, but there are many questions around issues with these area's that we may or may not have the answers too.  
  • This Project is supported by Southern Farming Systems & Riverine Plains Inc, through funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.
  • Lisa Miller
  • South West Victoria
  • Current
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Building Capacity to Manage Mental Health

The South West node is funding pilot projects to work through way's to build capacity in the community around mental health, as it is a recurring theme identified by farmers, merchandise business's, advisors and the financial sector. The impact of climate on our agricultural communities mental health is significant and...
  • This project is supported by Southern Farming Systems, through funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund and Gorst Rural
  • South West Victoria
  • Current
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South West Node of the Victorian Drought Hub

The Australian Government have established a Future Drought Fund to enhance the resilience of rural and regional communities to cope with the impacts of drought. The fund provides opportunity to invest in research, development and innovative solutions for people and businesses when entering into, during and coming out of drought....
  • This project is supported by Southern Farming Systems, through funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund.
  • SW Victoria
  • Current
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BUILDING DROUGHT RESILIENCE

How prepared is your farming business to predicted climate change? Climatic risk (including drought) is an accepted part of farming and historically most businesses have been able to survive these challenging periods and rebound.  However climate change is increasing this variability, to an extent that events are predicted to be...
  • Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Future Drought Fund
  • Tahlia Ferguson
  • SW Victoria
  • Current
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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

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