Grains Research and Development

Date: 01.03.2001

Eyre Peninsula Farming Systems by Maria Taylor

Eyre Peninsula

  • GRDC investment: $300,000 for new infrastructure at Minnipa Research Station; farming systems projects — $260,000 annually for 5 years — started 1998
  • Environmental challenges: drought, calcareous and light soils, nutritional deficiency — notably in phosphorus, hostile subsoils, wind erosion, salinity and sodicity
  • Solutions: fluid fertiliser P, direct drill and stubble retention, tolerant varieties, best-bet rotations with pastures and pulses, increased water-use efficiency and farming to soil type.