The research and field trials we undertake, have yielded an enormous amount of useful information in the form of articles and factsheets, many of which have been published in the New Frontiers in Agriculture quarterly journal. With the introduction of our membership portal, we aim to offer members a searchable catalogue of information for reference purposes. This is a small selection of the type of information we have available.
When the Thatcher Government cut funding to agricultural research in the UK in 1984, English-born soil researcher Dr Paul Blackwell chose Australian soils as his next venture. Unearthing our soils for almost 30 years now, the ex-Department of Agriculture and Food...read more
Lauren Celenza and David Minkey, WANTFA There’s no doubt that no-till has brought WA growers fantastic benefits over the past three decades, including efficiency, moisture retention and soil structure. Before no-till took off in the 1990s farmers had to wait until...read more
Seasons played bigger part in yield then rotation Stubble management critical for seeding after high residue cereals In wet years, diverse rotations yielded better, dry years showed no significant difference No significant yield differences in first 5 years between...read more
Nikki Dumbrell West Australian No-Tillage Farmers Association (WANTFA) Climate change in Western Australia Since 1910 and even more so since 1950 Australia has experienced an increase in average land surface temperature of 0.9°C, average maximum daily temperatures...read more
ARTICLE: Opportunities and potential for carbon farming in broadacre agriculture in Western Australia.
Nikki Dumbrell & Matthew McNee WANTFA is working to provide farmers with knowledge about profitable agricultural practices that help mitigate climate change and adapt to an increasingly variable climate. Carbon farming practices are those that enable the capture and...read more
ARTICLE: Nutrient use efficiency is increasingly important and has co-benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Author: Nikki Dumbrell, West Australian No-Tillage Farmers Association Climate change predictions look to be delivering more challenges than opportunities for crop production across Western Australia’s wheatbelt. The extent of change in yields is uncertain but...read more
‘Risk’ is a word used generously when talking agriculture. And with good reason. With the current volatility in rainfall, grain, land and input prices, the need for a clear understanding of risk in the farm business is as important as ever. In many instances growers...read more