Mallee Sustainable Farming Project
GroundCover™ Issue: 35
GRDC investment: $1,100,000 over five years — started 1997.
Environmental challenges: light soils and risk from erosion related to traditional long-fallow farming system; groundwater recharge; concerns over conservation farming and Rhyzoctonia and dry finishes; community concerns about dust storms, risk management in a low-rainfall environment
Solutions: continuous cropping rotations, perennial pastures, fine-tune conservation farming and fallowing methods, match inputs to production goals, improve nutrition and herbicide management, novel cropping approaches.