Sun Shines at Liebe Spring Field Day 2014

One of the Liebe Groups showcase events the Spring Field Day was held last Thursday the eleventh of September at the Fitzsimons’ property, east Buntine. Conditions for the day were good with no wind but the heat did pick up as the day wore on. There were six concurrent sessions running throughout the day that kicked off at ten after registration and a great morning tea provided by the Dalwallinu P&C. Trials included deep ripping, lime incorporation, sowing depth, response of wheat varieties to phosphorus, nitrogen and micronutrients and density response of canola in low rainfall zones. Craig Scanlan’s trial on determining how lime incorporation effects the uptake of phosphorous, nitrogen and micronutrients was one of the first sessions and was particularly well attended. Craig had created a soil profile at the site that acted as a fantastic visual aid. There was also particular interest in the National Variety Trials and trials that were to do with canola.

There were seven marquee presentations throughout the day. Graydon Chong from Rabobank explained how Australia’s grain infrastructure is still developing and has very different issues to its North American and Canadian counterparts.

Professor Lyn Abbott and Emma Pearse, from the University of Western Australia explained how microbial action affects carbon cycling and the difference in microbial action in different soils especially cultivated compared to native undisturbed vegetation.

The audience learnt that the wild dog problem is increasing in the Liebe area through Gerard Berry-Porter, a dogger working with the Central Wheatbelt Declared Species Group. Wild dogs are interbreeding with dingoes leading to a much more itinerant and kill for the fun of it wild dog population.

Former local Jack Ellice-Flint returned to present for GrainGrowers on ProductionWise, software that allows farmers to easily store their data. The management system provides the ability to map, record, monitor and manage farm activities in a secure environment.

Entomologist Peter Mangano from DAFWA spoke about integrated pest management and the ways to incorporate on farms, reducing the onset of pesticide resistance.

Andrew Fletcher, CSIRO, presented his research that suggests lupins are not currently an economically viable source of nitrogen but still have benefits when used as a break crop, weed control or if the price of lupins was to increase.

Ben White from the Kondinin Group discussed phosphine resistant grain storage insects. The Liebe area has been affected by outbreaks and has been identified as a hot spot.

The Ladies Spring Tour ran for the third time this year and was a great success. Ladies from a mixture of ages where shown through a variety of trials and presentations by Liebe Research and Extension Agronomist Lilly Martin. Topics included herbicide resistance presented by Dave Cameron from Farmanco, lime efficiency demonstration by Jason Young from Optima and attending the marquee presentations by Professor Lyn Abbot, Emma Pearse and Gerard Berry- Porter. As usual the level of enthusiasm shown by the ladies was fantastic and leads to value added to the whole community.

As the day wound up everyone was happy to have a cold beer and see who won the door prize. The great ranges of prizes donated by various sponsors were shared with winners Boyd Carter, Rod Birch and Brian McAlpine. Elders Scholz Rural, the sponsors for the day cooked up hamburgers that were a great hit, ending the Liebe Spring Field Day with good company and a beautiful sunset.

The Liebe Group would like thank all those who presented, volunteered, attended, our partners and Ross, Lyn and Shaun Fitzsimons.

For any further information about the day please contact Elly Wainwright on or (08) 9661 0570.

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