Ground Cover Issue 113 - Grain & Graze
GroundCover™ Supplement Issue: Ground Cover supplements | 03 Nov 2014
Mixed farming: Reaping the rewards
After four years and the involvement of 20,000 primary producers across seven growing regions and five states, the $12-million Grain & Graze 2 program (G&G2) has overseen some significant changes to farming practices.
Increasing whole-farm profitability, sustainability and ground cover, while helping farm businesses become more resilient by equipping growers with a better understanding of risk management and complex decision-making, were among the overarching objectives of the program.
At the end of the program in 2013, G&G2 had delivered a cumulative net farm profit to growers of $100.2 million through better management of stubbles, increased stocking rates and adoption of novel rotations and fodders. This was achieved without increasing the risk to farming businesses.
Grain & Graze entered a third three-year phase in July 2014, with a focus on risk management, grazing on cropped lands and crop/fodder rotations in southern and western Australia.
- Adaptive management: Risk taking's positive side
- Grazing on cropped land: Crop grazing lifts lambing rate
- Fodders and mixed farming: Spring-sown canola delivers fodder and grain
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