LAST month a group of Liebe farmers hit the road to visit Mingenew grower Stuart Smart to pick his brains on the technical aspects of mouldboard ploughing. The idea developed when Miling grower Alan Seymour sought to learn more about how to use mouldboarding to remediate non-wetting soils and other soil constraints related to sandy soil type cropping.

A small group of six growers accompanied by Liebe Group staff met with Stuart and researcher Stephen Davies, Department of Agriculture and Food, to find out about the ins and outs of how Stuart goes about his seeding operation in ploughed soils.

Stuart was generous enough to show off some of his machinery, including his newest light seeder bar as well as explaining the associated issues with re-compaction when seeding into tilled soil. It was an engaging farm visit and all attendees involved getting some of their pressing questions answered to avoid repeating mistakes and issues that Stuart had already encountered in his operation. Everyone enjoyed the day and some were pleasantly surprised at the value that they got out of the trip.

A huge thank you must go to Stuart Smart for giving up his time, experience and knowledge for the benefit of a group of very appreciative growers.

The Liebe Group would also like to thank Stephen Davies for contributing with his scientific knowledge and to all the growers that attended for getting involved and making it such a successful trip.

Stuart Smart and Stephen Davies, DAFWA showing attendees mouldboarded soil.
Stuart Smart and Stephen Davies, DAFWA showing attendees mouldboarded soil.
Stuart Smart showing his 10 blade mouldboard to members of the Liebe Group.
Stuart Smart showing his 10 blade mouldboard to members of the Liebe Group.

 Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

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