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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.

Help ensure research remains relevant

Feedback is required to identify gaps in crop rotation, break crop and sequencing research, development and extension through your completion of a brief survey. Your input, as growers and professionals in contact with growers, is vital for obtaining a true representation and useful results. 

The survey forms part of the project titled ‘A review of GRDC crop rotation, break crop and sequencing investments’. The results from the survey, along with the outcomes of a literature review and series of interviews with key researchers, advisors and farmers, will form part of a list of recommendations to assist GRDC with their future investments in the subject area.

The survey should take only 10 minutes. Any information provided in the survey will not be used for any other purpose. It will be held confidentially by NSW DPI at Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute, Wagga Wagga NSW. The information will be disposed of securely when no longer needed.

By completing the survey and providing your name and email address, you will go into the draw to win an iPad.

The survey will close COB Monday 10 March 2014.

To begin the survey, please click on the link below.

2014 Main Trial Site

Buntine Liebe Field Day Sign 2014Location: Dinnie Road, Buntine (40km North of Dalwallinu)

Host Family: Ross, Lyn and Shaun Fitzsimons

Spring Field Day date: Thursday 11th of September 2014


The location of our Main Trial Site in 2014 is East of Buntine. Hosted by the Fitzsimons family this will be the groups 16th Main Trial Site.  This showcase site is on a different farmer’s property each year and will host two major events during the season.  Post Seeding field day on Thursday 24th of July and Spring Field Day on Thursday 1th of September.


Ideas for what topics to research in 2014 are currently being collected. Final decision is via a committee of growers and agribusiness. If you have an idea or would like to join the committee please contact the Liebe staff on 9661 0570.

Version 8 of Lime profit calculator available

Farmers using the calculator at a workshop in Wubin. Feb 2013

An updated version of the Liebe Groups Lime profit calculator (also known as the soil amelioration calculator because it can be used for deep ripping, mouldboard ploughing or applying gypsum) is on this website. The new version has fixed a few of the small bugs in the spreadsheets she below for instructions and the new excel file.

1:What to do

2:Lime Profit Calculator


Trial harvesting half way through

Some of the trials already harvested are;

  • High input vs low input barley at Long Term site; Buntine
  • Soil Biology trial at Long Term site; Buntine
  • New Litmus barely with improved acid tolerance at Dalwallinu and Buntine
  • Plant density response of Canola at Wubin
  • Timing of nitrogen in canola at Wubin
  • National variety trial at Buntine and Pithara

Results from these trials will be available to Liebe members at the Trials Review Day 18th February 2014 and in the R&D book which will be in your mail box in February. If you cannot wait that long call the office and speak to a staff member 9661 0570.

Plot harvester
Harvesting canola trials at the Main trial site, West of Wubin



CBH Group go Diamond!

We are pleased to announce that the CBH Group have increased their level of support of the Liebe Group to Diamond, our highest level of sponsorship.

CBH first came on board with the Liebe Group in 2003 through their support of the Women’s Field Day, before moving to our Gold category of sponsorship. The Diamond sponsorship will be reflected in a closer relationship between the two organisations at a management level as well as providing opportunities for the Liebe Group members to receive timely technical information from CBH on topics identified by members as priority knowledge gaps. The Liebe Group would like to thank CBH for their ongoing support and look forward to a long and valuable partnership into the future.