Upper North Farming Systems

Upper North Farming Systems is a dynamic group of local farmers, advisers and researchers who are committed to maximising the profitability of farm businesses, by testing and adopting robust and sustainable farming practices across the Upper North farming districts of South Australia.

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Years: 2011 to 2014
21 published trials
17 uploaded trial reports
12 trial sites
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To demonstrate whether current seeder set ups within the region are capable of successfully sowing canola into heavy stubble.

Crop type: Canola 1 trial Soil Type Sowing Method Stubble Management
Booleroo Centre, SA Clay loam
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To assess the chemical control options for effective control of onion weed without cultivation.

Crop type: None 1 trial Herbicide Type Herbicide Timing
Booleroo Centre, SA Clay loam
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Upper North Farming Systems Fenceline Consulting

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The purpose of the trial was to compare growth rates and dry matter production of alternative pastures with traditional medic pastures

Crop type: Mixed 1 trial Grazing Timing
Morchard, SA Red clay loam
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Management of herbicide resistant barley grass in pulse crops

Ben Fleet, Lovreet Shergill, Gurjeet Gill (University of Adelaide) and Barry Mudge (UNFS)

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Presence of increased seed dormancy in this grass weed species has enabled it to escape pre-sowing control tactics used by the growers. This explains why barley grass is a problematic weed in cereal crops. However, in some locations like Port Germein and Baroota districts, it has now become largely impossible to control in pulse crops. This isli… read more

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Herbicide Type
Baroota, SA
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This project is investigating where and how perennials, including fodder shrub species can fit into our farming systems and the benefits they can have on production andsustainability.

Crop type: Mixed 1 trial Variety Type
Jamestown, SA
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The main aims of this demonstration are to:

  • Increase farmer knowledge about the N2O emissions made from fertiliser and legumes;  
  • Reveal options available to reduce N20 emissions  
  • Provide information about nutrient use efficiency to maximise productivity.
Crop type: Barley 1 trial Grazing Regime
Booleroo Centre, SA Various
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The use of all types of nitrogen fertiliser has increased in the last few years even in the lower rainfall districts as farmers have moved towards greater cropping intensity and become more confident in utilising stored soil moisture and nitrogen levels to predict grain yields. The greater use of nitrogen fertiliser brings both economic and envi… read more

Crop type: None 1 trial Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate
Booleroo Centre, SA
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  • To evaluate the suitability of "spot spray" technology to control weeds on farming land in the Upper North.
  • To monitor weed control success on "hard to control" summer weeds such as fleabane, onion weed, saltbush type weeds.
  • To record the reduction in pesticide and water use using "spot spra… read more

Crop type: None 1 trial Herbicide Application
Jamestown, SA
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McAg Consulting <abbr title='Upper North Farming Systems'>UNFS</abbr>

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Landholders are increasingly utilising unviable cropping areas for grazing, through the planting of fodder shrubsystems. Akey component of fodder shrub systems is the inter-row, which makes up two-thirds tothree-quarters of the feed intake of livestock grazing these systems.Through the establishment of productive and nutritious inter-row pasture… read more

Crop type: Mixed 1 trial Grazing Regime
Jamestown, SA
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To implement the findings of previous work conducted on the establishment of native perennial grasses in the Upper North.

Crop type: None 1 trial Grazing Regime
Jamestown, SA
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The low rainfall mixed farming systems in the Upper North of SA had shown poor gains in Water Use Efficiency (WUE) for a number of years leading up to this project. This project identified a number of key areas which could potentially lift WUE and improve long term sustainability of local farmers through improved productivity and profitability. … read more

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Soil Soil Type
Jamestown, SA
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The concept of the no-till seeding system hasn't changed much in the past 15 years but the technology behind the seeding machine has. After the success of the seeder trial at Lowbank in the Mallee in 2012, significant interest was shown at UNFS planning meetings to do something similar in the Upper North area. The demonstration also addressed issue… read more

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Fertiliser Method Soil Preparation Sowing Method
Booleroo Centre, SA Clay loam
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Thirteen (13) on farm demonstrations will trial a range of practices to increase sequestration of soil carbon, including:1.Unviable cropping land managed for the introduction and/or increased levels of perennial component in pastures ( 3 sites)2.Implementation of rotational grazing managed pasture for increased levels of cover and biomass (3 sit… read more

Crop type: None 1 trial Grazing Regime
Jamestown, SA
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To address the need for a non-cereal crop and pasture options to provide profitable rotational crops, disease breaks and weed control opportunities for cereal production in low rainfall regions of south-eastern Australia.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Rotation
Appilla, SA
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The Upper North Farming systems group is involved in several Carbon Farming projects, which are trying to identify areas which have the greatest potential for soil carbon sequestration or reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Crop type: Multiple 1 trial Soil Soil Preparation Soil amelioration Soil amelioration Type Stubble Stubble Management
Jamestown, SA
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GRDC has funded a programme to address this issue and one of the projects within this programme is developing an improved understanding and implementation of management practices for brassica and pulse crops, pastures and other options to reduce the risk of crop failure and improve whole farm profitability in low rainfall south-east Australia.read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Rotation
Appilla, SA
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In 2012 the UNFS attempted to validate this early work conducted by the CSIRO. Seed of a long season variety Eaglehawk was sourced. This variety is Prime Hard Quality in NSW and so would be AH in SA.The aim was to conduct a time of sowing trial using three varieties at three times of sowing:- an early maturing variety (Axe), mid season maturing … read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Timing
Morchard, SA
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To investigate the possible advantages of varying nitrogen rates over different soil types on a field in the Upper North region.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Fertiliser Rate Soil Type
Booleroo Centre, SA Various
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The aim of this trial was to demonstrate whether current seeder set ups within the region are capable of successfully sowing wheat into a pasture with no-till. Four different machines were used across cultivated and uncultivated areas of the paddock.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Stubble Management
Jamestown, SA
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To record experiences of farmers using rotational grazing on stubbles (putting high numbers of stock on paddocks for short periods of time) suggest that more surface cover remains and less tracking is evident compared to paddocks where a lower stocking density for longer periods is used.

Crop type: None 1 trial Grazing Regime
Appila, SA Clay - Clay loam
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To evaluate the suitability of "spot spray" technology to control weeds on farming land in the Upper North. To monitor weed control success on "hard to control" summer weeds such as fleabane, onion weed, saltbush type weeds. To record the reduction in pesticide and water use using "spot spray" technology compared to conventional spraying. To raise … read more

Crop type: None 1 trial Herbicide Application
Jamestown, SA Various
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