Collaborations March 2012 – Soil Carbon Workshops YPASG (south) and NSS (north) Greg Butler, SANTFA – Key Note Speaker No-Till Grassy Weed Project Brome Grass – YPASG & UNFS Chemical Management – emphasis on pre-emergents
Why collaborate? Benefit to farmer members More information Trials performed across a range of districts (soil/rainfall etc.) Benefit to farmer groups Joined applications for funding (less work, greater chance) Greater communication means less overlap of funding applications Trials performed across a range of districts (soil/rainfall etc.) Bringing groups closer together
No-Till Grassy Weed Project Target – Brome Grass 2011 & 2012 replicated trials Port Broughton Pre-emergent & post-emergent chemicals used Barley & Wheat 2012 – NSS Early Crop Walk and Major Farmer Day visits
Other groups Louise McIntosh (YPASG) Barry Mudge (UNFS) Hugh Longbottom (MSF) The NSS assisted by providing feedback on the trial designs: Chemical types & timings Crop types & varieties Assessments As well as help the YPASG with a successful application for a Harvest Management Trial on Brome Grass (currently in progress)
Further Extension 2012 GRDC Conference, Adelaide EPARF – Minnipa Field Day 2011 YPASG Spring Crop Walk Local NYP Ag Bureaus Articles in YPCT, Stock Journal, NYNRM Bayer Agronomy Day 2012 A reciprocal bus trip in 2012 was also planned with the YPASG, but due to a clash with Farmer Day dates, this did not eventuate.
Acknowledgements Thanks in particular to Michael Richards for all his work, and to Louise McIntosh & Kristin McEvoy of the YPASG for their continued support of the NSS farmer group and co-operation throughout the past few years.