Agriculture & Food
TO GET a basic idea of the richness of Western Australia’s soils, Andy Whiteley says you only need to stomp your foot in the ground and then look at the imprint.
IN AN effort to help improve fertiliser application and timing in agricultural farming, researchers have set out to discover what environmental factors affect the microorganisms in soil and what influence these microorganisms have on nitrification rates.
A MEDITERRANEAN legume has the potential to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions when fed to livestock.
THE nation’s biggest supplier of fertiliser spreaders is using research by CSIRO to show farmers that even fertiliser distribution can help them improve crop yields.
WESTERN Australia’s history of dryland salinity may help the deserts of ancient Mesopotamia bloom, as local scientists take part in an international effort to manage Iraq’s salinity problem.
AN ESPERANCE farmer has developed new farming technology which gives him the confidence to invest heavily in bumper seasons to ensure crops yield more while cutting costs in poor years to save money.
A RECENT forum has questioned whether science can inform and improve animal welfare in research and production.
IDEAL conditions for producing perennial legumes – that could be used to relieve the shortage of forage during dry periods – have been identified by agricultural researchers.
RESEARCHERS say an increasing amount of land in Western Australia is being managed for environmental conservation, however mining companies are the single largest lease holder of what was previously pastoral land.
IT’S been described as the missing link in precision agriculture—and it could save the agricultural industry between $500 million and $1 billion annually.
WA has a new hope for drought-tolerant fodder during the dry months after researchers announce the plant tedera holds promise as a new pasture species for sheep and cattle.
WITHIN the context of impending climate variability and the uncertainty of unstable markets, soil experts are speaking up about the necessity to continue focusing on the State’s land management practices.
NEW UWA research looks at the economic impacts of implementing soil organic carbon (SOC) sequestration methods into farming practices and shows that these impacts may prove impractical for farmers.
ACCORDING to research from the CSIRO, land administrators should be aware of the substantial ecological barriers and time frames involved in achieving rangelands of a particular composition following changes, as these have a major influence on what they can demand of pastoral leases.
A University of New England (NSW) researcher believes current livestock production methods must change to meet surging global demand for meat.
CURTIN University is developing technology that simultaneously chars and grinds biomass allowing it to be burned with coal in existing coal-powered generators.
ADDING livestock to no-till cropping systems could have benefits, according to new research although it does involve some trade-offs.
LIVESTOCK guardian dogs (LGD’s) provide a way for farmers to protect their stock against predators and new research shows their effectiveness on Australian properties.
IN a continuing bid to control the problematic rabbit population a new freeze-dried version of the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) bait—also known as Rabbit Calicivirus Disease—is set to be released by June 2013, according to developers the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).
SCIENTISTS in the USA and Australia have revealed in a new study that there is a clear link between rising global temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and oceanic salinity levels.