Article via The Mallee Farmer by Glen Sutherland, Regional Landcare Facilitator from Mallee Catchment Management Authority.
One of the benefits of belonging to the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and being one of the 56 Regional Landcare Facilitators in Australia, is sometimes being “in the know” about what is happening in far-flung places, and being able to identify work that may be relevant and useful to our region.
A fine example of this is the recently launched Controlled Traffic Technical Manual, which hails from the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, based out of Geraldton in Western Australia.
Our regions share much in common when comparing dryland agriculture cropping industries, soil types and climate. Even though the manual comes from the other side of our continent, the authors are well known over here in the east and include Bindi Isbister, Paul Blackwell, Glen Riethmuller, Stephen Davies, Andrew Whitlock and Tim Neale.
Mallee Farmer asked Darryl Pearl, Land Management Extension Officer, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, to take a look at the manual with a view to determine its appropriateness for use in the Victorian Mallee.
Darryl kindly provided the following review:
“I have read through the manual and it has great points and insight into the benefits and issues in regards to controlled traffic farming (CTF). It would be a good tool for Mallee farmers to use when considering moving to CTF. The Innovation in Crop project and the GRDC funded CTF in low rainfall project will help add more local information for farmers on CTF.”
Words by Glen Sutherland, Regional Landcare Facilitator, Mallee Catchment Management Authority.