[ASC-media] 'LOOK 2 GROW' WORKSHOPS COMING TO A TOWN NEAR YOU: Crop Doctor
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Wed Dec 6 02:08:08 CET 2006
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Todays farming environment means that now, more than ever, growers need to
be farming as efficiently and profitably as possible.
Programs such as the Grains Research and Development Corporation supported
Grain & Graze program aim to offer mixed farmers profitable solutions.
To make the most of the bad 2006 season, Grain & Grazes Look 2 Grow
project is trialling and aims to show growers that there are advantages to
grazing crops and then harvesting them later.
Grain & Graze Project Manager, Linda Leonard said that annual pastures aren
t the best fit for eastern wheatbelt farming systems and the project is
trialling temperate grasses, which she believes are a better fit for the
In the central wheatbelt many landholders are adopting low or no input
pasture systems, with inputs concentrated in the cropping phase.
Unfortunately, growers dont see the benefits of simple techniques such as
fertilising pastures and recognising levels of feed on offer.
Demonstration sites trialling pastures with and without fertiliser are
planned for the 2007 season.
The Look 2 Grow project will also run a series of workshops in March 2007,
in Wyalkatchem, Wongan Hills, Mukinbudin, Corrigin, Kulin and any other
interested areas, encompassing feed budgeting, sheep handling, managing
pastures for the benefit of livestock and crop and calculating sheep gross
Grain and Graze is the largest research and extension program of its type to
offer Australias mixed farmers the opportunity to significantly increase
profitability while better managing natural resources including water, soil
It aims to raise awareness among 15,000 farmers and directly influence 6800
to change their mixed farming practices to deliver a 10 per cent crop
production increase and a five per cent livestock production increase.
Grain and Graze is improving the profitability and sustainability of mixed
farming in Australia while helping to create a better environment.
The Crop Doctor is GRDC Managing Director, Peter Reading, Tel 02 6272 5525
Further Information: Linda Leonard, Tel 08 9690 2000
GRDC REF: CDNov062.doc/Blumenthal
Brendon Cant & Associates
Public Relations & Marketing
4 Gugeri St
Claremont WA 6010
Tel 08 9384 1122
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