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Landholders set to benefit following sowing at a new trial site

Western Local Land Services will look to use the results of a new cropping trial site to provide the most up-to-date information to local landholders with regards to break crops and sowing in general.

The trial site, which has been organised in partnership for a third consecutive season with Mallee Sustainable Farming, includes plots on variety comparison, inoculating pulses and applying different forms of fertilizer.  

A Russian wheat Aphid trial is also being carried out at the same site.

The trial site is located at Benanee, near Euston and will build on the knowledge and information gained from previous trials at Tapio, near Buronga and Kyalite, near Balranald last year.

Senior Land Services Officer – Agribusiness, Gregory Moulds participated in the preparation and sowing of the trial site and is looking forward to seeing the results later in the year.

“The experiences of sowing, growing and harvesting these break crops is to provide local farmers with answers, hints and tips that will assist them when making decisions in the future,” Mr Moulds said.

“Break crops are proving to be beneficial for local growers to incorporate into production systems and new cultivars of chickpeas, lentils, peas and vetch are being tested and compared.

“It will be interesting to see how these plots respond as we specifically selected them to test local growing conditions and it was what the growers were most interested in.”

Results of the trial will again be on display at a field day to be held later in the year once the trial has been completed while information on last year’s trial site is still available under the Resource tab on this website.

For more information on the trial site or cropping in general, contact Mr Moulds on (03) 5021 9444 or via email.  

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley, Western Local Land Services, 0428 679 974.