Demonstrating excellence in their fields

IMG_0912Staff from NACC’s Sustainable Agriculture program recently joined with 15 local farmers to hear first-hand the results from the innovative NyPa Grass Demonstration project and the Lime Incorporation Demonstration project at the Moore Catchment Council and Moora-Miling Pasture Improvement Group field walk in Moora.

Both the NyPa Grass Demonstration project and the Lime Incorporation Demonstration project received funding through NACC’s Farm Demonstration Grants that support the uptake of sustainable and innovative farm practices in the region.

Jim Hamilton showed participants how the establishment of Nypa grass can help to stabilise salt-affected and historically overgrazed land.

Jim said that despite some challenges with survival rates due to a dry period following planting at the trial site, there were still plenty of healthy plants that could be divided-up to gradually fill-in the site over time.

The farm demonstration project trial was undertaken by the Moora-Miling Pasture Improvement Group working with Moore Catchment Council to identify cost-effective options for the amelioration of subsoil pH in the Moora Miling District.

This project was undertaken at five demonstration sites, each trialling different cultivation techniques for incorporating lime.

Among the key messages presented by Wes Lefroy from Precision SoilTech during the field walk was that to be efficient with the pH amelioration process it is necessary to:

  • Identify and understand the needs of the site;
  • Apply the correct amount of lime exactly where it is required; and
  • Incorporate.

The results from both of these demonstrations will continue beyond the life of the projects, with other innovative projects around the region also contributing to sustainable farming knowledge.

NACC would like to thank the Hamiltons for hosting the day and the Moore Catchment Council and Moora-Miling Pasture Improvement Group for providing an interesting and informative field walk.

The next round of funding for these grants is now open, with grants up to $25,000 available for farmers, groups and organisations in the Northern Agricultural Region.

For more information or to apply click here>

NACC’s Farm Demonstration Grants are supported by NACC through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

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