Pasture Cropping Trials
Pasture Cropping Trials occur on 330ha of Barrick owned land and are implemented by the West Pastoral Company. Pasture cropping is an innovative and sustainable cropping and grazing system that has not yet been tested in semi arid conditions. The second year of the trials was undertaken but the drought took its toll which resulted in crop failure. Despite the loss of crop, the vegetation biomass under the different treatments was harvested and will be analysed over the next few months with the assistance of the Department of Primary Industries. Dr Stephen Cattle from the University of Sydney and his Honours student will commence a project in late February to investigate the response of the soils under different treatments in the third year of the trials.
The Stipa bus trip on 20th September 2006 was also very successful, with all participants looking and learning about different strategies, problems and solutions of perennial pasture management in the local area.
|Dr Warwick Badgery discusses some of the issues observed at the Lake Cowal Pasture Cropping Trials.||Neville Gould digs down to determine the depth of soil moisture at James and Linda Maslin’s property “Caragabal West” as part of the pasture cropping tour of the catchment on 20th September|