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Liebe to start new carbon and nitrogen project

The Liebe Group has been successful in obtaining $519,200 worth of funding as part of the federal governments Carbon Farming initiative. Project ends in June 2015.

The project is about demonstrating innovative carbon storage and nitrogen management strategies and involves the following activities:

  • The practice for profit trial to demonstrate the effect of rotation crops on nitrogen strategies
  • Minimum of 4 demonstration trials to be developed by the committee focusing on soil amendments.
  • Demonstration of the new perennial shrub – Tedera
  • Benchmarking Program to measure soil carbon levels under different management practices, re-visiting sites tested over 5 years ago through the program.
  • Plus more


Any members who wish to be involved should contact the office on 9661 0570

Gabi Hollows to speak at Womens Field Day

The Liebe Group is pleased to announce that Gabi Hollows will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Womens Field Day on the 19th of June 2012. Gabi is the wife of the late Fred Hollows, and together were made famous through their philanthropic work towards providing medical assistance to those with eye problems. Gabi is well known for her work with remote indigenous communities and is a driving force behind the Fred Hollows foundation. Watch for more information about the Women’s Field Day and a new look agenda format which will be coming out in the next few weeks.

Burning Season

What to do when you have a fire get away

If you have a situation where you have a fire get out of control you should:

  • Do Not Panic!
  • Call ‘000’. Remember to give accurate directions (nearest crossroads etc) and a contact number if possible (to allow us to verify details with you).  There can be more than one call about the fire   from more than one source and these can be confusing at times.
  • In the Dalwallinu Shire this will result in FESA communications ringing Gary Butcher (Chief Bushfire Control Officer) or the Shire to coordinate mobilisation of resources.
  • We will then mobilise one (or more) of the Bushfire Trucks nearest to your location (Dalwallinu, Wubin, Buntine or Kalannie) and arrange for farmers to respond in your area. We are also able to get assistance from the Fire and Rescue Units based in Dalwallinu.
  • Of course, ring your neighbours to give immediate assistance, but this is not always possible in the heat of the moment.

Other Shires may have different levels of FESA supplied equipment but the ‘000’ system operates to get local help in your area to the fire as quickly as possible.

We would rather turn out to a fire that is still small or turn back if the locals have control early than you wait too long before calling for help and it becoming bigger due to lack of resources or slow response time.

If fighting a fire you should ALWAYS use protective pants and coat that can be supplied by your local Government (paid for by your FESA levy). Sturdy boots are a must (No thongs or shorts).

Have a safe burning season and contact your local Government office for more local information.

Gary Butcher (CBFCO)
Dalwallinu Shire

Wongan Hills R&D Meeting

Growers in the Wongan Hills district recently got together to discuss the farming issues affecting them and what R&D is required to address these issues.

The forum was facilitated by Liebe Group staff members Merrie Carlshausen and Chris O’Callaghan, with contributions from Imma Farre from DAFWA, Dave Minkey from the WA no till farmers association and Peter Newman also from DAFWA.

Some of the issues that were raised in the meeting were with crop establishment and the impact of non wetting soils in canola in particular. Weed control and herbicide resistance was a big issues for the group as well as soil health issues such as sodicity and aluminium toxicity. Other issues included crop nutrition decisions around Nitrogen application as well as the longer term implications of running down nutrients particularly trace elements.

As a result of the meeting a few trial and demonstration ideas were developed including variety demonstrations of wheat and barley under different nutrient regimes, longer term implications of running down trace elements, soil inversion for weed control and lime incorporation and the extension of the crop modelling tool Yield Prophet to assist with nutrient decisions.

A small reference group was identified to assist Liebe Group staff with the development of the small R&D program with the aim to establish at least 2 of the demonstration ideas in 2012.


More information to follow.

Successful Business Management Workshop

The Liebe Group held its Business Management Workshop on Wednesday 21st March at Wubin Sports Club.

There was a great turn out with 26 people including members, staff and presenters.

Speakers inlcuded;

Simon Bedbrook – Bedbrook Finance – “7 steps for successful off-farm investment & retirement”

Stephen Park – Pacer Legal – “Buying, selling or leasing farmland or investing in off-farm assets?”

Judy Snell – RSM Bird Cameron – “Want an overview of how budgets should be prepared in order to satisfy the most rigorous of reviewer?”

Crawford Taylor – Rabobank – “Banking in the 21st Century – back to the old”

The Liebe Group would like to thank all those who participated in the workshop.


3rd Technical audit underway

Over the next few months 65 farmers in the Liebe area will be surveyed on their use of different farm practices such as deep ripping, soil testing and green manuring.

This survey is similar to one conducted in 2007 and 2009 and will give the Liebe group a valuable insight into how adoption trends change over time. For Summary of previous survey click here

All three surveys’ (known within the group as technical audits) are funded by the Grain Research & Development Corporation and uses the same farming families which are made up of 50 members and 15 non members.

Results should be available by September 2012.

Another Successful Liebe Group Crop Updates

The Liebe Group Crop Updates were held on the 7th of March at a new location of Dalwallinu.

The day was considered a success with around 100 people attending, the majority being Liebe members.

The Liebe Group would like to extend a big thank you to all the presenters, supporters, helpers and members who helped make the day a success.

Gary Butcher re-elected as President at AGM

The Liebe Group held our Annual General Meeting on Monday 13th of February at the Buntine Hall.

Elected office bearers include;

President: Gary Butcher

Vice President: Ross Fitzsimons

Secretary: Jemma Counsel

Treasurer: Sophie Carlshausen

The AGM was then followed by a general meeting. Our monthly General meetings are open to all members; dates are published in the newsletter. Positions are available on the management committee for members who would like to be involved in the strategic direction of the group.