Building knowledge and capacity in growers/ advisers to diagnose sandy soil constraints to ensure successful amelioration of sands

Improve the capacity of farmers in the low rainfall Mallee and Northern Yorke region to correctly diagnose underlying constraints that limit the productivity of sandy soils, to select the most appropriate strategy or combination of strategies to ameliorate the soil constraints present, and to map soil constraint data at a paddock scale to better target costly amelioration activities.

Optimising Soil Amelioration Costs in Typical Mallee Soils

Trials at Walpeup (VIC Mallee) and Parrakie (SA Mallee) are putting a range of ripping tines, accessories and delving tines to the test on compacted deep sands. By quantifying draft force and soil loosening, researchers can calculate the efficiency of ripping tines and other soil amelioration tools. Roughly, the more soil loosened for every unit of draft force, the more efficient the equipment is.


Sustainable implementation of no-till farming systems: NSW Demonstrating the interaction between crop rotation and nitrogen fertiliser management. ABOUT the project The cropping region in Southwestern NSW has evolved dramatically since the early 2000’s and over the past decade, there has been a further refinement in paddock rotations with the adoption of more diverse rotations.  Legume …


Mallee Sustainable Farming - Barley grass Management in a mixed farming system

Legumes on Sands

Legumes on Sands Improving the production of legume crops on sandy soils to improve ground cover and reduce erosion risk ABOUT the project The Murraylands and Riverland Landscapes Board, Mallee Sustainable Farming and Mallee farmers have identified that legume crops grown on sandy soils in the SA region are providing sub-optimal levels yield and vegetative …

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MSF Farm Talk - Legumes on sands

Riverland Mallee Mesonet Network

This project has delivered a state-of-the-art network of 30 weather stations, to the Riverland and Mallee, designed to observe localised meteorological phenomena. The Mesonet network delivers a weather monitoring and warning system to provide highly accurate and targeted data on the development and presence of adverse conditions and other measures with the information freely available …

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Riverland Mallee Mesonet
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