A bit of rain and a lot of information

“Come and see our impressive region in a fine drought.”

That was the catchy tag-line of an advertisement that attracted a great turn-out for a Dryland farming bus tour in the heart of our region last week. The event was organised by the Mullewa Dryland Farming Initiative.

The touring party visited several local farms during the day, as well as the Mullewa Community farm, and one of the demonstration sites in the region being funded by NACC.

NACC Sustainable Agriculture Project Manager Callum Love, who joined the tour, said the program was most informative and worthwhile, with excellent presentations.

Euan Beamont, from Energy Farmers Australia, gave a great presentation about their current trials, including those funded by NACC through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. Glenn Bryant from Mullewa CRT provided an overview on the Mullewa Community farm and an update of what’s happening on the farm at this time of the year.

Agricultural scientist Bindi Isbister braved the brief and poorly timed rain (and the always-challenging first speaking spot after lunch), to talk about deep ripping trials in the area and the implications that ripping has had in such a dry year. This was followed by a visit to Freeman’s property where Wayne Pluske from Equii, discussed the implications of VRT and efficient use of nitrogen, and the effect this has on soil health and agricultural sustainability as part of a NACC demonstration site.

All-in-all, the day was judged a great success, with approximately 40 participants joining-in for some or all of the tour throughout the day.

“It was a fantastic advertisement for the agricultural community in Mullewa, who are striving to maintain sustainable farms despite a poor season, and increasingly unpredictable growing seasons,” said Callum.

 

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