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News Update

February 2013

Hopefully this Bugs and Biology News Update finds you rested and ready to go after having a break over the festive season.
Before things get too busy again grab a cuppa and have a look at these great opportunities and links

Bugs & Biology Grower Group - happenings


We know Bugs & Biology has been a bit quiet of late – but coming soon:
  • 2012 Project results – carbon storage data on perennials/annuals with different grazing strategies, farmer case studies of establishing perennials in different  parts of the landscape
  • 2013 events
  • Membership forms & fees


How profitable is your liming program?

 Liebie Group Lime Calculator

The Liebe Group are developing a handy little lime profitability calculator.  And they want your feedback on improvements – so have a go!! A copy of it can be found HERE.

If you have any feedback please let Nadine know at

Pasture Cropping Forum


Grain and Graze 2, in cooperation with Evergreen Farming and Southern DIRT is pleased to invite you to a
PASTURE CROPPING FORUM in Kojonup on Monday 11th February.
It will be an opportunity to;
  •  Hear the latest in pasture cropping research; the production and environmental benefits.
  • Hear from Nick Trethowan; a local farmer who has been known to say ‘you can’t kill lucerne’
  • See and hear about the results of the Kojonup Grain and Graze 2 site.
A forum at the end of the day will identify gaps in our knowledge of pasture cropping, and identify opportunities for the future of the technology in WA.
RSVP is essential. Please RSVP or phone 0429 676077.


Grower Group Alliance Newswire


Newswire is an electronic newsletter sent monthly to more than 500 group members, partners and industry. It includes updates on grower group activities, the GGA project and topical news and opportunities.
Each month, the GGA features a one of its grower group members in the Grower Group Spotlight. These profiles are available in Newswire, and also through their website.
Here is this month’s issue  if you like it you can subscribe for free by clicking on the link below.
Subscribe to Newswire!

Holistic Grazing Management Course 09 April 2013


9 to 11 April (three day course)
Rylington Park, off the Boyup Brook/Cranbrook Road
$130 ($80 for second family member)
Brian Wehlburg of Inside Outside Management, supported by Warren Catchments Council, will be conducting this three day course on April 9, 10 and 11th at Rylington Park.
Brian is a certified educator in Allan Savory’s Holistic Management System and uses a program developed to assist you to get your animals in the right place at the right time for the right reasons.
Some of the points this in-depth course will cover are:
  • What sustains us?
  • Improving efficiency of your rainfall
  • The function of nature’s impact on grazing
  • Early warning biological monitoring
  • Holistic grazing planning
See the Holistic Grazing Management flyer or for further information and bookings please phone Andrew Pound 97718180 or email

Southern DiRT Research and Events


Keep an eye on the Southern DiRT website for the latest news on their projects and updates on events.
For example
“Speakers for the 2013 Crop Updates are currently being finalised. The program promises a wide range of topics packed into the afternoon. Keep an eye on our website, rural press and local media for further information. 
We'll have the full program on the website, complete with registration details, during February.”

Something Different!!

No-Till Roller Crimper - From

No-till farming techniques have gained great popularity over the past two decades as growers seek new ways to protect and conserve their soil and save time and money. No-till production allows farmers to save all three because it reduces or eliminates the need to till fields for planting or weed cultivation. However, while these practices can effectively meet farmers’ soil conservation and work reduction goals, they rely on herbicides for weed control, and as such, cannot be directly adopted for use in organic production systems.

The question has been how to make the benefits of no-till accessible to organic farmers and how to free conventional farmers from the expensive and toxic chemicals. Organic no-till is based on sound biological principles and mechanical cover-crop kill, making it possible to reduce and even eliminate tillage.

Rodale Institute researchers have been identifying and refining organic no-till or reduced-till techniques that can meet farmers’ needs to improve soil and reduce labour while using tools other than herbicides to manage weeds. In organic systems, one of the best tools to manage weeds is cover crops, and this has proven to be true for organic no-till systems as well.

One of the key elements of our organic no-till research is a front-mounted cover-crop roller that knocks down a weed-suppressing mat that can be planted through all in one quick pass.
You can click on the image below  to watch a video of it working   
No-Till Roller Crimper

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