Enrich – Incorporating a perennial shrub feedbase into mixed farming systems on Eyre Peninsula

2011

Research organisaton
Funding sources

Trial details

Researcher(s) Jessica Crettenden (SARDI)
Roy Latta (SARDI)
Year(s) 2011
Contributor SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre
Trial location(s) Minnipa, SA
Piednippie, SA
Enrich – Incorporating a perennial shrub feedbase into mixed farming systems on Eyre Peninsula locations
Aims
  • To investigate the potential to incorporate a mixture of perennial species into farming systems in low-rainfall areas across southern Australia.
Key messages
  • Farmscapes can be redesigned to incorporate a mixture of perennial shrubs as an addition to the existing feedbase, offering multiple benefits for mixed farming systems in low rainfall areas.
  • Perennial shrubs complement rather than compete with cropping and can contribute to whole-farm profitability and sustainability.
  • Developing a mixed stand of perennial shrubs is the best way of balancing establishment risk, survival, growth and livestock utilisation
Lead research organisation SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC UA00117
Trial funding source Caring for our Country
Trial funding source FFI CRC
Related program Eyre Peninsula Farming Systems
Acknowledgments
  • We gratefully acknowledge the help of Trent Brace, Ian Richter and Jake Pecina for their technical assistance and site management.
  • We also thank Tim and Trecina Hollitt for the opportunity to use their property for an Enrich site, the Phillips Family for the loan of their wethers, and the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board staff for their assistance.
  • This project is funded by GRDC, Caring for Our Country and Future Farm Industries CRC (UA00117).

Other trial partners Not specified
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Method

Crop type Perennial shrubs
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop: Type
  • Grazing: Regime
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Minnipa 2011

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

Piednippie 2011

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
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Trial source data and summary not available
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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
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Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Minnipa, SA Not specified
Piednippie, SA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Minnipa, SA Calcarosol
Piednippie, SA Calcarosol
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 Minnipa SA Piednippie SA
2011 383.4mm215.5mm
2010 385.3mm198.2mm
2009 391.3mm222.1mm
2008 330.4mm181.4mm
2007 331.2mm160.0mm
2006 334.5mm192.1mm
2005 288.0mm170.9mm
2004 296.1mm164.3mm
2003 293.2mm164.6mm
2002 283.3mm147.2mm
2001 343.9mm174.2mm
2000 389.0mm202.8mm
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.

Minnipa SA

Piednippie SA

Minnipa SA

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Piednippie SA

NOTE: Exact trial site locality unknown - Climate data may not be accurate
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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

2011 trial report



Trial last modified: 10-09-2019 15:21pm AEST