Central West Farming Systems

Central West Farming Systems (CWFS) is an independent, not-for-profit, farmer driven organisation. We operate in an area covering 14 million hectares in the lower rainfall, mixed farming areas of Central West NSW (350-500mm rainfall).

Formed in 1998, the group now boasts over 300 members made up primarily of farmers but also private and public sector advisers, researchers and agribusiness. CWFS is based centrally at Condobolin but also operates 11 regional sites within a 250km radius of Condobolin.

Contact

02 6895 1025
cwfs@dpi.nsw.gov.au
www.cwfs.org.au

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Years: 1990 to 2018
796 published trials
238 uploaded trial reports
84 trial sites
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To test the optimum sowing time for long season wheat cultivars uisng three target sowing dates.

Crop type: Wheat 2 trials Sowing Timing Variety Type
Condobolin, NSW Rankins Springs, NSW
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To inform members about airborne imagery: the taking of photographs of the ground and crops from a direct-down position. Platforms for airborne imagery for agriculture include satellites, fixed-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or “drones”).

Loxton, SA
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To study the interaction of cereal type and variety and seeding rate on crop yield and grass suppression on a known weedy site.

Crop type: Wheat,Barley 2 trials Crop Crop Type Sowing Rate Variety Variety Type
Appila, SA
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To investigate the impact that stubble treatments (burning, cultivation, harrowed/flattened or standing stubble) imposed towards the end of the fallow have on the yield of winter crops.

Crop type: Barley 12 trials Stubble
Alectown, NSW Gunning Gap, NSW Lake Cargelligo, NSW Mumbil Creek, NSW North Parkes, NSW Nyngan, NSW Tottenham, NSW Tullamore, NSW Ungarie, NSW Weethalle, NSW West Wyalong, NSW Wirrinya, NSW
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Crown rot seed dressing trial

Barry Haskins, Rachael Whitworth (AgGrow), Michael Skipper and Clay Sutton (Arysta)

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To evaluate the influence of the seed treatment Rancona.

Crop type: Barley,Wheat 2 trials Crop Type Crop Protection
Merriwagga, NSW
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To identify any possible impacts on crop growth in controlled traffic systems where the header residue maybe inconsistently spread back across the tram track width over a number of seasons.

Crop type: Barley,Wheat,Chickpeas,Field peas 40 trials Crop Type Soil Compaction
Condobolin, NSW Hillston, NSW Lake Cargelligo, NSW Lake Cowal, NSW Parkes, NSW Rankins Springs, NSW Tallimba, NSW Tottenham, NSW Weethalle, NSW Wirrinya, NSW
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Long term tillage and rotation trial

Barry Haskins, Rachael Whitworth (AgGrow) and John Small (CWFS)

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To evaluate the productivity and profitability of no-till farming techniques against conventional farming
methods under various cropping rotations.

Crop type: Fallow,Wheat 2 trials Crop Crop Rotation
Merriwagga, NSW
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To examine two main management options to deal with high stubble loads (≥5t/ha) in 2017, and incorporates many of the main findings from the stubble initiative to date.

Crop type: Wheat,Canola,Vetch,Barley 4 trials Stubble Stubble Management
Condobolin, NSW
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Remote sensing of environment

Juan Pablo Guerschman, Michael J Hill, Luigi J. Renzullo, Damian J. Barrett, Alan S. Marks and Elizabeth J Botha

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To describe a method for resolving fPV, fNPV and fBS across the ~2 million km2 Australian tropical savanna
zonewith hyperspectral and multispectral imagery.

Condobolin, NSW
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To determine if sowing direction and row spacing can be used to reduce grass weed populations, growth and seed set, and their impact on crop performance in the Mallee.

Jil Jil, VIC
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To provide information about understanding maps.

Loxton, SA
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To investigate the impact that two different harvest weed seed control (HWSC) methods – narrow windrowing of header trash and the Esperance Mobile Ag Repairs (EMAR) chaff deck – have on reducing the weed burden in the following crop.

Crop type: Not specified 1 trial Crop Protection
Loxton, SA
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To inform readers about weed sensing: the use of a machine or instrument to detect a weed; a plant that shouldn’t be there

Crop type: No crop specified 1 trial Crop Protection
Loxton, SA
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Wheat and barley irrigated and dryland variety trials

Barry Haskins, Rachael Whitworth (AgGrow) and Robert Hart (Hart Bros Seeds)

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To compare the performance of potential wheat and barley varieties with existing varieties commonly
grown in SNSW under local conditions.

Crop type: Barley,Wheat 4 trials Variety Variety Type
Hillston, NSW Rankins Springs, NSW
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To see whether green manure a viable management option (in terms of maintenance of ground cover and other agronomic benefits) as we know that terminating cover crops will result in 100% seed set control providing that the crop is effectively killed at an appropriate time.

Crop type: Vetch,Oats 2 trials Crop Type
Condobolin, NSW
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Comparing break crop performance in the SA Mallee

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

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To compare break crop productivity and profitability on major soil types in the northern South Australian Mallee.
 

Crop type: Chickpeas,Field peas,Lentils,Lupins,Vetch,Canola 12 trials Crop Crop Type Crop Rotation
Loxton, SA Waikerie, SA
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To answer the question 'Does stubble height matter?'

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Stubble Stubble Height
Weethalle, NSW
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To focus on maintaining profitable retained stubble systems rather than investigating agronomic and economic benefits of stubble retention.

Crop type: Canola,Mixed species,Field peas,Lupins 4 trials Crop Stubble Stubble Management
West Wyalong, NSW
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To report on discussions that there was an apparent increase in cultivation of fallows this year.

Crop type: Fallow 1 trial Crop Type
West Wyalong, NSW
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To test the hypothesis that over time in controlled traffic farming systems the repeated uneven spreading of header residue back over the tram track width would result in changed soil conditions that would ultimately lead to different “management zones” along the tram track.

Condobolin, NSW Hillston, NSW Lake Cargelligo, NSW Lake Cowal, NSW Parkes, NSW Rankins Springs, NSW Tallimba, NSW Tottenham, NSW Ungarie, NSW Weethalle, NSW Wirrinya, NSW
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Livestock grazing behaviour in large Mallee padocks

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

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To understand the grazing behavior of livestock in paddocks to utilise technology such as portable fencing systems.

Crop type: Vetch 1 trial Crop Type Grazing
Nandaly, VIC
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Long term tillage and rotation trial

Barry Haskins, Rachael Whitworth (AgGrow) and John Small (CWFS)

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To compare no till farming techniques against conventional farming methods over 5 different cropping
rotations.

Crop type: Fallow,Wheat 2 trials Crop Crop Rotation
Merriwagga, NSW
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Monitoring mice in Australia - November 2014

Peter Brown (CSIRO), Simon Humphrys (Invasive Animals CRC) and Roger Pech (Landcare Research)

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To report on the mouse monitoring program; part of a 3 year study funded by the GRDC to monitor mouse populations and forecast the liklihood of mouse outbreaks.

Condobolin, NSW
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Mouse census week - special update

Peter Brown (CSIRO), Simon Humphrys (Invasive Animals CRC) and Roger Pech (Landcare Research)

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To provide a special report on Mouse Census Week - a part of the mouse monitoring program; part of a 3 year study funded by the GRDC to monitor mouse populations and forecast the liklihood of mouse outbreaks.

Condobolin, NSW
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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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To identify strategies that minimise the risk of canola production in the low rainfall zone.

Crop type: Canola 2 trials Sowing Sowing Timing
Minnipa, SA Ouyen, VIC
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Row orientation and weed competition

Amanda Cook, Wade Shepperd, Ian Richter and Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI)

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To investigate the impact of row direction and row spacing on grass weed competition and cereal performance over three years.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Sowing Row spacing
Minnipa, SA
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  • To investigate the impact of different stubble treatments imposed towards the end of the fallow have on nitrogen response (applied as urea) in wheat yield and quality.
  • To evaluate any interaction between pre-sowing stubble treatment and topdressing timing.

Crop type: Wheat 3 trials Fertiliser Fertiliser Timing Stubble Management
Mumbil Creek, NSW Tottenham, NSW Weethalle, NSW
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To investigate the impact of different stubble treatments (burning, cultivation or standing stubble) imposed towards the end of the fallow have on the yield of wheat and barley, and evaluate any cultivar responses within crop species to the impact of the different stubble treatments.

Crop type: Wheat,Barley 6 trials Stubble
Mumbil Creek, NSW Tottenham, NSW Weethalle, NSW
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To investigate the potential of non-chemical options for managing barley grass in a crop is increasing crop competition by reducing row spacing and increasing sowing rate.

Minnipa, SA
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To identify and retest historic pH monitoring sites from previous publically funded projects.

Crop type: Not specified 6 trials Crop
Euabalong West, Condobolin, NSW Nymagee, NSW Tottenham, NSW Ungarie, NSW Wirrinya, NSW
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Sowing early to maximise wheat yield on low fallow

Neil Fettell (CWFS), Barry Haskins, Rachael Whitworth (AgGrow), James Hunt, Bonnie Flohr, Tony Swan, Brad Rheinheimer, Laura Goward (CSIRO)

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To outline how farmers can maximise wheat yield on long fallow by sowing early with slow developing cultivars.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Type
Rankins Springs, NSW
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To investigate how differing summer farming practices influence stored water and how plant available water may influence grain yield potential and grain quality attributes in the low rainfall area in central NSW.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Stubble
Condobolin, NSW
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To determine if sowing direction and row spacing can be used to influence grass weed populations and growth,
and their impact on crop performance in the Mallee.

Jil Jil, VIC
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To report on trials showing the value of nitrogen.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Fertiliser Type
Condobolin, NSW
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To increase grower awareness of: the current status of soil acidification and the associated causes and impacts and associated need to address of soil acidification via the ongoing application of agricultural lime.

Crop type: Barley 5 trials Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate
Alectown, NSW Gunning Gap, NSW Lake Cargelligo, NSW Tullamore, NSW Ungarie, NSW
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To increase grower awareness of: the current status of soil acidification and the associated causes and impacts and associated need to address of soil acidification via the ongoing application of agricultural lime.

Crop type: No crop specified 5 trials Fertiliser Type Fertiliser Rate
Condobolin, NSW Nyngan, NSW Tottenham, NSW Ungarie, NSW Wirrinya, NSW
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To increase grower awareness of the benefits of applying Lime to a cropping operation. Providing local relevance to farmers.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Fertiliser Rate
Condobolin, NSW
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Break crops and crop rotations: effects on nitrogen, pasture yield, grain yield and profit

James Mwendw (CWFS), Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI), Tony Swan, Laura Watson, Mark Peoples, James Hunt (CSIRO), Guangdi Li, Richard Lowrie; Graham Centre (NSW DPI) and Paul Breust (FarmLink)

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To challenge this notion, and to examine the impacts of break crops on the longer-term financial performance of following wheat crops.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop Crop Type Variety Variety Type
Forbes, NSW
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To discuss the economics of lucerne establishment.

West Wyalong, NSW
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To discuss the economics of pasture establishment.

West Wyalong, NSW
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To measure N2O losses from a wheat crop grown into vetch that was terminated via different end uses and to
measure the effect on wheat yield and quality.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Crop
Birchip, VIC
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To help farmers wanting help in managing the ups and downs, the dry and the wet.

West Wyalong, NSW
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Increasing yield and reducing risk through early sowing in South Western NSW

Neil Fettell (CWFS) James Hunt, Brad Rheinheimer, Tony Swan, Laura Goward (CSRIO) Barry Haskins, Rachael Whitworth, Mat Ryan (AgGrow Agronomy)

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This trial addresses issues which may be a barrier to early sowing in the region. In particular; 1. What varieties preform well from early sowing? How do winter and long season spring varieties compare? 2.Can early sown crops be managed to avoid excessive vegetative growth and low harvest index, particularly in dry finish? 3. How do early sown y… read more

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Sowing Rate Sowing Timing Variety Type
Rankins Springs, NSW
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Integrated weed management

James Mwendwa (CWFS) and Rex Stanton (EH Graham Centre)

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To investigate weed suppression through cultural management practices and various crops and cultivars.

Crop type: Barley 1 trial Stubble Stubble Management Variety Variety Type
Wagga Wagga, NSW
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Long term tillage and rotation trial

John Small (CWFS) Barry Haskins (AgGrow Agronomy & Research)

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To compare no till farming techniques against conventional farming methods over 5 different cropping rotations: No-till • all weed control by herbicides or narrow windrow burning • sown with NDF single disc seeder • stubble retained where possible Conventional • weed control both by herbicides and cultivation • sown with NDF single … read more

Crop type: Wheat,Fallow,Field peas,Canola 4 trials Crop Rotation Stubble Management
Merriwagga, NSW
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To improve decision making amongst local farmers by improving the knowledge and understanding of the economic relationships which exist in our farming systems, and improving skills of participants to assess particularly the economic consequences of their decision making in critical areas within their farm business.

Condobolin, NSW
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Mechanism of weed suppression in early vigour and weed suppressive wheat genotypes

James Mwendwa, Leslie A Weston and William B Brown (NSW DPI and Charles Sturt University)

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To report on mechanisms of weed suppression in early vigour and weed suppressive wheat genotypes.

Crop type: Wheat 2 trials Variety Variety Type
Condobolin, NSW Wagga Wagga, NSW
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Modelling ewes grazing dual-purpose wheat

SR McGrath, JM irgona and MA Friend (Charles Sturt University)

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To use the simulation software AusFarm was used to model a mixed-farming system at Wagga Wagga with Merino ewes joined to terminal sires and grazing lucerne-subterranean clover pasture over a 41-year period.

Crop type: Wheat 1 trial Grazing
Wagga Wagga, NSW
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To report on trials showing the value of nitrogen.

Condobolin, NSW
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Monitoring mice in Australia - November 2014

Peter Brown (CSIRO), Simon Humphrys (Invasive Animals CRC) and Roger Pech (Landcare Research)

Aims:

To report on the mouse monitoring program; part of a 3 year study funded by the GRDC to monitor mouse populations and forecast the liklihood of mouse outbreaks.

Condobolin, NSW
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