E-News Issue 222
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Mystery behind soil types prompts grant

The changing soil types on Robert Dempster’s Goomalling farm make fertiliser and chemical application, deep ripping and mould board ploughing nothing short of an ongoing challenge.

“We would have nearly every different soil type on this farm, from gutless, white sandy soils through to grey, heavy ‘Sunday’ soils,” he said.

This has prompted Robert, who farms with his brother Daniel Dempster, to search for a means of creating maps revealing soil constraints across the farm.

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Get on Board!

2016 Wheatbelt NRM Board of Director nominations are now open

Would you like a chance to influence the direction of a well established not-for-profit organisation?
Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management is looking for the next generation of decision makers to guide the strategic direction of our organisation.
Directors are provided training and mentorship to help you gain the skills needed to contribute as a Director and grow your leadership potential in natural resource management.
Wheatbelt NRM's Board of Directors meets six times a year and members are compensated for travel and sitting time.

To apply visit or contact Tyanna Jankauskas on (08) 9670 3100. 

Applications close: Friday 26 August 2016

Supporting widespread adoption of palatable shrubs for livestock grazing and/or sandalwood plantations. 

Successful applicants receive up to $2500 towards seedling expenses as well as the support of technical experts and peer mentors.

Applications close: Friday 26 August 2016

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Trials & Demonstrations

Grants to $15,000

For adopting improved soil management, innovative crop management, sustainable grazing systems, and tree crops.

Apply online  |  Get the flyer

Closes: 12 September 2016

Nutrient Use Efficiency

Healthy Soils, Healthy Rivers

Grants of $2500 towards soil and plant testing, plus data interpretation support from NRM or industry supervisors.

Apply online  |  Get the flyer

Closes: 12 September 2016

Consider Community Feral Control funding to help protect your new seedlings against feral rabbits. The funding can also help with protecting native wildlife from feral cats and foxes.

Apply online
Hear about: On-farm compost trial (Duli-SMRC), Latest nematode research (DAFWA), Key findings from York Manure Trial (Living Farm), Compost products and a Paddock field walk.

Cadoux  |  Wednesday 17 August  |  8:00am - 12.30pm  |  FREE  |  Get flyer


Carbon Farming for Profitability and Soil Health

A WANTFA event where you'll hear from: Chris Gazey (DAFWA), Trevor Syme (Grower, WANTFA), Dan Dempster (Grower), Matt McNee (WANTFA), Phil Ward (CSIRO), Nikki Dumbrell (UWA).

Goomalling  |  Friday 12 August
1:00 - 3:00pm  |  FREE  |  Flyer

RSVP via email

Deep Ripping Live Machinery Demonstration Day

A WANTFA event demonstrating several deep rippers, plus a talk on 'The theory of compaction and deep ripping' with Bindi Isbister and Paul Blackwell (DAFWA).

Goomalling  |  Tuesday 30 August
9:30 onwards  |  FREE  |  Flyer

Graeme Currie on 0427 223 395

Sandalwood and Agroforestry in the Wheatbelt

Thinking about getting into the Sandalwood industry? Already there? Come along and find out more!

Hear from: Australian Sandalwood Network, South West Agroforestry NetworkWA Sandalwood Plantations, Forest Products Commission, AUSCARBON, Avongro, Wheatbelt NRM, plus several local sandalwood growers.

Northam  |  Friday 16 September  |  8:45am - 3pm  |  FREE  |  Flyer


2016 BioBlitz registrations - now open

With Tarin Rock near Lake Grace now confirmed as the location for this year's BioBlitz, registrations are now open for Volunteer Team Leaders and people interested in attending the event.
Register now
Sustainable Agriculture

Trials and Demonstrations Update

Integrated Grazing and Cropping Systems to Soil Type

This demonstration site in Bruce Rock has been matching soil types with suitable shrubs and legume pastures with great results. See how this historically poor performing paddock has been transformed in just one year!
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Making More from Sheep review

Learning about the potential for perennial forage shrubs and pastures to improve farm livestock plans with Dean Revell and Phill Barrett-Lennard.
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Frog facts

The Western Banjo Frog of south-western Australia has a distinct 'bonk' call that can be heard over long distances.


National feral cat management survey

Help RMIT University researchers get a better understanding of feral cat management across Australia and how to make improvements.
Closes: 7 August 2016


Connecting the Mortlock

Another 25,000 seedlings went into the ground in York on National Tree Day as part of an ambitious project to join the Mortlock and Avon Rivers via a vegetation corridor.

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Aboriginal NRM

Collecting Jam Tree Gum

Aboriginal elder, Yvonne Kickett, teaches her grand-children tips and techniques when collecting jam tree gum, aka the bush lolly. Jam tree gum is good bush food and has bush medicine qualities.

Watch the video
Sustainable Communities

Westonia youth photography

Westonia Community Resource Centre recently held a photography workshop to encourage local children to enter the Wheatbelt NRM Youth Environment Photography competition.
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National Landcare Conference update

The National Landcare Conference is a fabulous opportunity for Landcarers across the country to come together and learn from one another.
Read more
Other News

NRM headlines...

What does Sustainable Agriculture mean to you?...
Impacts of elevated CO2 and heatwaves on wheat...
Environmental monitoring to surge via potential super sensors...
Drones diagnose plant health and decrease insecticide use...
Pasture strategies to prevent salinity...

The economic value of soil organic carbon...
Nitrogen and fungi key to faster growth with raised CO2...
Database on mycorrhizal fungi research...
Soil type has big impact on production models...

Climate Smart agriculture portal...

Advancing Australia’s natural capital...

A field guide to poison baiting: wild dogs and foxes...
RHDV2 now confirmed in European brown hares...

How land use reflects resilience to climate change...
Other Events
Visit our online event calendar to view other events occuring in our region.
Other Funding
Visit our website to view other funding available from other organisations here.
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