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Establishing and managing pasture species suitable for heavier soil types

Establishing and managing pasture species suitable for heavier soil types

  • Author: Wheatbelt NRM
  • Date Posted: Jan 3, 2017
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Project Details

Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Landholder

Contact: Fiona Brayshaw

Ph: 9670 3100

Email: fbrayshaw@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

 Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2016                       End Date: 2018

Site ID: SA00364SA1

Area (Ha): 157 ha

 

Project Aim

Find suitable, nitrogen fixing, pasture species for heavy soil types to improve livestock carrying capacity and increase grazing days in a low rainfall region.

Project Description

Legume pastures can provide livestock feed, improve soil health and, once established, can reduce weed competition in paddocks. These benefits can make it a handy rotational option in cropping systems. However, the options for legume pastures on heavy clay soils in the dryer regions of the WA eastern Wheatbelt are limited and have variable success. This trial will test the establishment and use of different nitrogen fixing pasture species on heavy soil types in the Eastern Wheatbelt where sub clovers have had poor success.

Project Outputs

Project outputs will be added once the trial has been completed.

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