Mallee Sustainable Farming Inc.

Mallee Sustainable Farming (MSF) Inc. is a farmer driven organisation delivering research and extension services to the less than 350 mm rainfall Mallee cropping regions of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. MSF operates within a region of over four million hectares, extending beyond Balranald in the east to Murray Bridge in the west.

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Years: 2013 to 2016
39 published trials
36 uploaded trial reports
18 trial sites
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The aim of this project was to test if including one or two-year break phases in low rainfall crop sequences could successfully address agronomic constraints to increase the productivity of subsequent cereal crops and improve the profitability of the long term crop sequence when compared to maintaining continuous cereal

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Rotation
Wargan, VIC
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Soil-specific nitrogen strategies

Therese McBeath, Bill Davoren, Rick Llewellyn, Vadakattu Gupta (CSIRO) and Anthony Whitbread (ICRISAT)

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To identify opportunities to reduce risk and increase profitability by evaluating the soils and conditions where continuous cereal systems perform best and where inputs can be most cost-effectively targeted

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Soil Type
Karoonda, SA
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Break crops can provide over 1 t/ha of extra wheat over the three subsequent seasons

Therese McBeath, Bill Davoren, Vadakattu Gupta, Rick Llewellyn (CSIRO) and Anthony Whitbread (University of Gottingen)

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Although cereal-intensive cropping has been demonstrated to be productive in the Mallee, there are situations where grass weeds, disease and high fertiliser costs may necessitate a break crop option. This trial was designed to evaluate the effect of a range of break crops and pasture over a range of mallee soils over 3 years of subsequent wheat.… read more

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Rotation
Karoonda, SA
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Comparing break crop performance in the SA Mallee

Michael Moodie, Todd McDonald (MSF) Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI) and Ray Correll (Rho Environmetrics Pty Ltd)

Aims:

Trials were implemented to compare break crop productivity and profitability on major soil types in the northern South Australian Mallee. This information will help farmers in this region to select the most appropriate break crop for their farming system.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Type Soil Type
Waikerie, SA
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Comparing break crop performance in the SA Mallee

Michael Moodie, Todd McDonald (MSF), Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI) and Ray Correll (Rho Environmetrics Pty Ltd)

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Trials were implemented to compare break crop productivity and profitability on major soil types in the northern South Australian Mallee. This information will help farmers in this region to select the most appropriate break crop for their farming system.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Type Soil Type
Loxton, SA
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Two separate trials were implemented in 2014 with one trial aim to compare the productivity of pulse crops with the intention of grain yield and the other trial to compare the productivity of pulse crops with the intention of using as a brown manure

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Type
Wargan, VIC
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Pulse options for northern SA Mallee

Chris McDonough (Rural Solutions) and Michael Moodie (MSF)

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To build on previous crop sequencing projects, using farmer equipment and paddock lengthtrial strips to help assess both the profitability and practicality of various pulse options: to help farmers see these crops growing for themselves, discuss the various issues involved and then better decide what may best suit their farming systems

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Type Soil Type
Wunkar, SA
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Managing nutrition in sandy soils to close the yield gap

Therese McBeath, Bill Davoren, Rick Llewellyn and Willie Shoobridge (CSIRO)

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Sandy soil types of the Northern Mallee often underperform despite good weed management and increased inputs of nitrogen and sulphur. There is still a yield gap that can be addressed, with anecdotal evidence of unused water commonly remaining in the soil at depths of approximately 60cm at harvest. In 2014 we set in place a diagnostic procedure t… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate Fertiliser Timing
Loxton, SA
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Agronomic constraints threaten the sustainability of intensive cereal no-till cropping systems. Local research has shown these constraints can be managed by diversifying rotations with break crops, however as this research was conducted at only one site, farmers wanted to know whether the same results would be observed on a commercial scale at a… read more

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Rotation Soil Type
Carwarp, VIC
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Agronomic constraints threaten the sustainability of intensive cereal no-till cropping systems. Local research has shown these constraints can be managed by diversifying rotations with break crops, however as this research was conducted at only one site, farmers wanted to know whether the same results would be observed on a commercial scale at a… read more

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Rotation Soil Type
Wargan, VIC
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Agronomic constraints threaten the sustainability of intensive cereal no-till cropping systems. Local research has shown these constraints can be managed by diversifying rotations with break crops, however as this research was conducted at only one site, farmers wanted to know whether the same results would be observed on a commercial scale at a… read more

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Rotation Soil Type
Merrinee, VIC
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Agronomic constraints threaten the sustainability of intensive cereal no-till cropping systems. Local research has shown these constraints can be managed by diversifying rotations with break crops, however as this research was conducted at only one site, farmers wanted to know whether the same results would be observed on a commercial scale at a… read more

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Rotation Soil Type
Karawinna, VIC
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Agronomic constraints threaten the sustainability of intensive cereal no-till cropping systems. Local research has shown these constraints can be managed by diversifying rotations with break crops, however as this research was conducted at only one site, farmers wanted to know whether the same results would be observed on a commercial scale at a… read more

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Rotation Soil Type
Meringur, VIC
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Sowing strategies to improve productivity on sandy Mallee soils

Therese McBeath, Vadakattu Gupta, Bill Davoren, Stasia Kroker, Rick Llewellyn and WillieShoobridge (CSIRO)

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Trials in the Mallee have highlighted the benefits of strong early crop establishment and nutrition, particularly on sands. Non-wetting (or water repellent) sands have presented additional challenges. Global Positional System (GPS) guided seeding is increasingly common and presents the opportunity for strategic placement of seed in relation to l… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Timing Sowing Method
Karoonda, SA
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Adopting profitable crop sequences in the South Australian Mallee

Michael Moodie, Todd McDonald (MSF), Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI) and Ray Correll (Rho Environmetrics)

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  • Trials were implemented to compare break crop productivity and profitability on major soil types in the northern South Australian Mallee. This information will help farmers in the region to select the most appropriate break crop for their farming system.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Type
Loxton, SA
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To determine whether the potential benefits of sowing on last year’s crop row to harvest any extra water and nutrition can outweigh risks of increased disease pressure and lead to better crop performance on Mallee soil types

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Soil Type Sowing Timing
Karoonda, SA
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Sowing strategies to improve productivity on sandy Mallee soils

Therese McBeath, Vadakattu Gupta, Bill Davoren, Stasia Kroker, Rick Llewellyn and WillieShoobridge (CSIRO)

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Trials in the Mallee have highlighted the benefits of strong early crop establishment and nutrition, particularly on sands. Non-wetting (or water repellent) sands have presented additional challenges. Global Positional System (GPS) guided seeding is increasingly common and presents the opportunity for strategic placement of seed in relation to l… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Timing Sowing Method
Loxton, SA
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There are major opportunities to improve crop performance on Mallee sands, opportunities to invest in the transformation of poor sands and opportunities to improve yield through more targeted agronomy of sandy soils. In 2015 wheat plant establishment was significantly better on non-wetting sand (crest and dune) plots that received no fertiliser … read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Application
Karoonda, SA
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Nitrogen cycling in cereal stubble retained systems

Vadakattu Gupta, Therese McBeath, John Kirkegaard, Alan Richardson, Jonathan Sanderman, Stasia Kroker, Steve Szarvas, Bill Davoren, Claire Browne and Rick Llewellyn (CSIRO)

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As part of the GRDC project (CSP00186) we are conducting focussed studies at Karoonda in South Australia, Temora in New South Wales and Horsham in Victoria, to strengthen our knowledge on seasonal changes in the (1) biological value of stubble (2) mineralisation: immobilisation balance (ratio) and (3) the direct supply of N from stubble to crops… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Timing
Karoonda, SA
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Brome grass seed retention declines over harvest

Chris Korte, Chris Davies (DEDJTR), Michael Moodie (MSF) and Sam Kleeman (University of Adelaide)

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To quantify how much brome grass seed was retained on plants at different times of harvest.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Harvest Timing
Ouyen, VIC
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Managing nutrition on sandy soils – yield gains from Zn and N

Therese McBeath1, Michael Moodie2, Rick Llewellyn1, Bill Davoren1, Willie Shoobridge1, Mick Brady2

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Sandy soil types of the Northern Mallee often underperform despite good weed management and increased inputs of nitrogen and sulfur. There is still a yield gap that can be addressed, with anecdotal evidence of unused water commonly remaining in the soil at depths of approximately 60cm at harvest.
After several years of demonstrating the v… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate
Loxton, SA
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Managing nutrition on sandy soils - fertiliser source

Therese McBeath1, Michael Moodie2, Rick Llewellyn1, Bill Davoren1, Willie Shoobridge1, Mick Brady2

Aims:

Sandy soil types of the Northern Mallee often underperform despite good weed management and increased inputs of nitrogen and sulfur. There is still a yield gap that can be addressed, with anecdotal evidence of unused water commonly remaining in the soil at depths of approximately 60cm at harvest.
After several years of demonstrating the v… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Type
Ouyen, VIC
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Managing nutrition on sandy soils - nitrogen timing x rate

Therese McBeath1, Michael Moodie2, Rick Llewellyn1, Bill Davoren1, Willie Shoobridge1, Mick Brady2

Aims:

Sandy soil types of the Northern Mallee often underperform despite good weed management and increased inputs of nitrogen and sulfur. There is still a yield gap that can be addressed, with anecdotal evidence of unused water commonly remaining in the soil at depths of approximately 60cm at harvest.
After several years of demonstrating the v… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Fertiliser Timing
Ouyen, VIC
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Testing crop row placement and pre-emergence herbicide options for brome grass on Mallee sand

Rick Llewellyn (CSIRO), Sam Kleeman (University of Adelaide), Chris Preston (University of Adelaide), Therese McBeath (CSIRO), Navneet Aggarwal (CSIRO), Bill Davoren (CSIRO), Vadakattu Gupta (CSIRO), Gurjeet Gill (University of Adelaide), Willie Shoobridge (CSIRO), Stasia Kroker (CSIRO), Marcus Hicks (CSIRO)

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Brome grass is the costliest weed to grain production in the Mallee region despite herbicide resistance being relatively low. This paper brings together research trials from 2015 and 2016 addressing the potential for greater efficacy of pre-emergence herbicides on brome and the potential for better crop competition on non-wetting sands. For grow… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Herbicide
Karoonda, SA
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Livestock grazing behaviour in large Mallee paddocks

Michael Moodie (MSF), Zac Economou, Mark Trotter (University of New England) , Ali Frischke and James Murray (BCG)

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The integration of cropping and grazing remains a major management challenge in the Mallee. Technology such as portable fencing systems and virtual fencing potentially offer a solution to improve grazing management in large Mallee paddocks with high soil variability. However, to effectively design and deploy these innovative grazing techniques, … read more

Crop type: Not specified 1 trial Grazing Timing
Nandaly, VIC
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Risk management strategies for growing canola in the low rainfall zone

Michael Moodie (MSF), Mick Brady (DEDJTR), Andrew Ware (SARDI) and Therese McBeath (CSIRO)

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For canola to be a sustainable, long-term break crop option for low rainfall farmers, low risk management systems need to be investigated. This project was undertaken to identify strategies that minimise the risk of canola production in the low rainfall zone. This will improve the long term profitability of canola in low rainfall farming systems… read more

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Crop Type Fertiliser Timing Sowing Timing
Minnipa, SA
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Risk management strategies for growing canola in the low rainfall zone

Michael Moodie (MSF), Mick Brady (DEDJTR), Andrew Ware (SARDI) and Therese McBeath (CSIRO)

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For canola to be a sustainable, long-term break crop option for low rainfall farmers, low risk management systems need to be investigated. This project was undertaken to identify strategies that minimise the risk of canola production in the low rainfall zone. This will improve the long term profitability of canola in low rainfall farming systems… read more

Crop type: Canola 2 trials Crop Type Fertiliser Timing Sowing Timing
Minnipa, SA Ouyen, VIC
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Testing pre-emergence herbicide options for brome grass on Mallee sand

Sam Kleemann (University of Adelaide), Rick Llewellyn, Bill Davoren (CSIRO), Gurjeet Gill, Chris Preston (University of Adelaide) and Therese McBeath (CSIRO)

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The treatments applied on a non-wetting sand at the MSF Karoonda site were aimed at testing whether extra investment in alternative pre-emergent herbicide treatments can lead to better brome control under different notill seeding conditions. The trial used Kord wheat and compared: 1. Trifluralin (control) at standard local rate (1.5 L/ha); 2. Tr… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Herbicide Application
Karoonda, SA
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To quantify the agronomic benefits that break crops can provide in Mallee cropping rotations so that farmers can be confident of the long term benefits of more diverse crop sequences.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Rotation
Wargan, VIC
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Management of soilborne Rhizoctonia disease risk in cropping systems

VVSR Gupta, John Kirkegaard (CSIRO), Alan McKay, Kathy Ophel-Keller, Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI), Daniel Huberli, Bill McLeod (DAFWA), David Roget (CSIRO, deceased December 2013)

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To improve our understanding of the interactions between pathogen inoculum levels and natural soil biological activity for long term control of Rhizoctonia and to improve the prediction and management of the disease. A series of multi-year field trials were conducted at sites in SA, Victoria and NSW to determine key soil, environment an… read more

Karoonda, SA
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Management of soilborne Rhizoctonia disease risk in cropping systems

VVSR Gupta, John Kirkegaard (CSIRO), Alan McKay, Kathy Ophel-Keller, Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI), Daniel Huberli, Bill McLeod (DAFWA), David Roget (CSIRO, deceased December 2013)

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To improve our understanding of the interactions between pathogen inoculum levels and natural soil biological activity for long term control of Rhizoctonia and to improve the prediction and management of the disease. A series of multi-year field trials were conducted at sites in SA, Victoria and NSW to determine key soil, environment an… read more

Waikerie, SA
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To measure N20 emitted by vetch, field peas and wheat stubble over summer and to determine whether top-dressed inhibitor-treated and slow release urea products influence N2O emissions.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Stubble Type
Gol Gol, NSW
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Stubble management to improve crop yield

Chris Korte, Mick Brady, Chris Davies amd Dave Monks (DEDJTR)

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Over recent seasons adoption of stubble retention has plateaued in the Mallee and some growers are reducing the area of stubble retained until the next growing season. An experiment was undertaken to identify potential improvements in stubble management so this trend could be reversed. The experiment examined how different amounts and types of s… read more

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Stubble Height
Ouyen, VIC
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To provide farmers with more information on the productivity of legume break crops and varieties in the northern Mallee region.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Type
Wargan, VIC
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To provide farmers with more information on the productivity of legume break crops and varieties in the northern Mallee region.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Crop Type
Ouyen, VIC
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The GRDC Low Rainfall Crop Sequencing project is identifying the effects that different break crops and rotations have on Mallee farming systems. Farmers have increasingly adopted continuous cereal cropping strategies as non-cereal crops are perceived as riskier than cereals due to greater yield and price fluctuations. Therefore, it is important… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Rotation
Wargan, VIC
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To determine the variation in the build-up of Rhizoctonia solani AG8 inoculum between cereal crops wheat, barley, triticale and cereal rye and varieties in a cropping system.

Karoonda, SA
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Soil-specific strategies continue to pay at Karoonda

Therese McBeath, Bill Davoren, Rick Llewellyn, Vadakattu Gupta (CSIRO), Ben Jones (MSF) and Anthony Whitbread (University of Gottingen)

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To identify opportunities to reduce risk and increase profitability by evaluating the soils and conditions where continuous cereal systems perform best and where inputs can be most cost-effectively targeted. Trials were established at Karoonda (Lowaldie) to test soil-specific strategies and tactics for reducing risk and increasing profitability … read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Rotation Fertiliser Rate
Karoonda, SA
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Two year break phases can boost wheat yields and profits

Michael Moodie (MSF), Nigel Wilhelm, Peter Telfer (SARDI) and Todd McDonald (MSF)

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The GRDC Low Rainfall Crop Sequencing project is identifying the effects that different break crops and rotations have on Mallee farming systems. Farmers have increasingly adopted continuous cereal cropping strategies as non-cereal crops are perceived as riskier than cereals due to greater yield and price fluctuations. However, break phases can … read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Rotation
Wargan, VIC
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