Implementing best practice management grazing systems for the low rainfall zone

2013

Research organisatons
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Michael Wurst and Jodie Reseigh (Rural Solutions SA)
Year(s) 2013
Contributor Upper North Farming Systems
Trial location(s) Site 2, Jamestown, SA
Implementing best practice management grazing systems for the low rainfall zone locations
Aims

To implement the findings of previous work conducted on the establishment of native perennial grasses in the Upper North.

Key messages
  • Native grasses have been established on numerous properties, however the project has highlighted difficulties with sowing light fluffy seeds.
  • Wallaby Grass established well at several sites, however the dry summers have drastically reduced populations.
  • The dry springs have not been suitable for the establishment of Windmill Grass and rain in the middle of summer does not appear to favour establishment
Lead research organisation Rural Solutions SA
Host research organisation Upper North Farming Systems
Trial funding source Caring for our Country
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments N/A
Other trial partners Not specified
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Method

Crop types Perennial shrubs
Grasses
Treatment type(s)
  • Grazing: Regime
Trial type
Trial design

Jamestown 2013 Perennial shrubs

Sow rate or Target density Not specified
Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
Seed treatment Not specified

Jamestown 2013 Grasses

Sow rate or Target density The target for the composition of a native grass pasture is:Productive perennial grasses (60
Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
Seed treatment

The goal for the composition of a native grass pasture is:Productive perennial grasses (60-70% cover)Legumes (20-30% cover)Weeds (<10% cover)Low or little bare ground (<10% bare ground)

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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Site 2, Jamestown, SA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Site 2, Jamestown, SA Sodosol
Soil Moisture Source: BOM/ANU
Average amount of water stored in the soil profile during the year, estimated by the OzWALD model-data fusion system.
Year Site 2, Jamestown SA
2013 627.3mm
2012 650.2mm
2011 658.4mm
2010 654.0mm
2009 638.7mm
2008 610.6mm
2007 614.5mm
2006 614.9mm
2005 621.3mm
2004 580.3mm
2003 560.2mm
2002 558.8mm
2001 571.8mm
2000 513.6mm
National soil grid Source: CSIRO/TERN
NOTE: National Soil Grid data is aggregated information for background information on the wider area
Actual soil values can vary significantly in a small area and the trial soil tests are the most relevant data where available

Soil properties

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Climate

Derived climate information

No observed climate data available for this trial.
Derived climate data is determined from trial site location and national weather sources.

Site 2, Jamestown SA

CAUTION: Trial site locality unknown; Climate data sourced from Upper North Farming Systems office location
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Some data on this site is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology

SILO weather estimates sourced from https://www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au/silo/
Jeffrey, S.J., Carter, J.O., Moodie, K.B. and Beswick, A.R. (2001). Using spatial interpolation to construct a comprehensive archive of Australian climate data , Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol 16/4, pp 309-330. DOI: 10.1016/S1364-8152(01)00008-1.

Trial report and links

2013 trial report



Trial last modified: 06-08-2019 07:54am AEST