Cropping and pastures
No-till and minimum till cropping techniques are well-established agricultural practices on most of Eyre Peninsula. However, adverse weather conditions, pest control issues (recently snail outbreaks) and resistance weeds still have the potential to undermine significant soil cover progress. At worst, this results in paddock drift and contributes to top soil and nutrient loss.
We are working closely with farmers and research agencies to investigate alternative farming techniques and then communicating these findings back to farmers. There is no simple fix - it is often a compromise of time available, weather, rotations, farming systems, machinery available and cost.
Below is a list of resources including fact sheets and case studies.
These fact sheets from Upper North Farming Systems focus on native grasses.
Planning to spray your weeds? Spend some valuable time understanding the latest information about herbicide resistance to maximise your dollar and effectiveness. Currently in Australia there are about 50 weed species with resistance to herbicides from 11 modes of action. These include 23 grass species.
These links from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) explore this topic:
Pest snail management
Burn your paddocks for snail control at the wrong time and it could be good-bye top soil! Decrease the risk by understanding the arsenal of ways to control those pesky snail with this information from the GRDC.