Summer Sesh summaries – Jurien Bay

Bradley, Ben and Dave
Grower Bradley Millsteed, left, of Watheroo, Kondinin Group research manager Ben White, who is also the WA team member of the GRDC Grain Storage Extension Project, and Dave Gartner, of Aglime.

Managing different soil types and soil variability was a big topic for discussion at the Jurien Bay Summer Sesh Open Forum.

Of particular interest for attendees was how soon deep-ripped paddocks need to be deep-ripped again and the best areas of a paddock to apply lime in order to get a good return on investment.

Another important topic was control options for blue lupin, given the lack of currently available options to remove blue lupins from white lupins.

Break crops also got plenty of attention, with growers looking for more locally-adapted break options to help improve their farming systems.

The lack of skilled labour was another big issue, with growers in the area looking at ways to upskill farm managers to better fill labour requirements.

Meanwhile, the best way to maximise protein in wheat while maintaining yield and profit was an important topic which attracted plenty of discussion.

Beyond the paddock, technology adoption was another issue raised, particularly on how Australia could become an attractive market for foreign machinery manufacturers and how technology adoption could be fast-tracked on Australian farms.

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