Boyup Brook’s Rylington Park has been hosting eight AWI-funded shearing and wool handling schools a year for many years, with huge success.
EXCLUSIVE, Shannon Verhagen
The pair — who buy a truckload of biochar a year — believe more farmers should give it a go, saying it is not an expensive or laborious process.
From improving soil and pasture health and reducing nutrient run-off into waterways, to preventing flystrike, the benefits of dung beetles to agriculture are estimated to be worth millions of dollars.
South West project co-ordinator Kathy Dawson spoke about the role of the beetles in farming systems, and the group — shovels in hand — checked cow pats for beetles.
Backpackers who have helped WA growers through “really tough times” are facing a nervous wait over their future as their emergency COVID-19 visas come up for renewal heading into summer.
“At the time, he’d been away from his family for two weeks.”
EXCLUSIVE Shannon Verhagen
The 10-year plan will guide on-ground action and research to conserve and enhance WA’s soils.
Orchardists in the Perth Hills are calling for a plan to avoid “disaster” and protect growers if a pest outbreak occurs in the food producing regions on the fringe of the city.
Eliminating fruit and vegetable packaging would do more harm than good for the environment and cost WA growers thousands in food waste, according to an industry expert.
Sunny skies and warm days have Mid West farmers steamrolling through their harvest programs, with many now crossing the halfway point and yields exceeding expectations.
Cally Dupe & Shannon Verhagen
Biosecurity, innovation, safety, packaging and social media were discussed at the WA Horticulture Update 2021 on November 4.
The price of canola is being tipped to stay stronger for longer, with WA farmers set to cash in on bumper export values brought on by a disastrous Canadian crop.
Michael Roberts & Shannon Verhagen
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