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Picture: Farmers inspecting the SAGIT funded pulse trial @ our Loxton Field Day.

Message from the EM
It has been a busy and successful end to Mallee Sustainable Farming’s 2015 Field day season with events run right across the Mallee region. Check out what we have been up to in the “Field Days Wrap up”. It has been a big season and I would just like to publically thank the MSF team and all of the presenters for the effort they put into making the days a success.
We held the Mallee Sustainable Farming Annual General Meeting as a part of the Loxton Field day. At that meeting three directors, whose two year terms on the board had concluded, were reappointed. These Directors are: Robert Pocock, farmer from Lameroo; Ron Hards, farmer from Yarrara and Tim O’Halloran, Farmer from Balranald. They join the ongoing members of the board and the invited specialist directors who, together, will guide MSF though the next 12 months.

The 2015/16 MSF board is:


With the season now finishing rapidly it seems harvest will be just around the corner so from the team at MSF we just like to wish you luck and hope you all have a trouble-free harvest. 

Stuart Putland

Executive Manager
Mallee Sustainable Farming

Field Days Wrap Up

MSF has rounded off the field day season with a great turn out at the inaugural Loxton field day last week. The site, hosted by Bulla Burra, showcases MSF’s SAGIT-funded break crops comparison trial, SARDI’s vetch program trial and CSIRO’s cereal strategies (closing the yield gaps on Mallee soils) trial. The day also included guest speaker Ross Ballard, presenting on ‘inoculation of pulse crops’ and a visit to the GRDC/DEDJTR Controlled Traffic site where Peter Fisher (DEDJTR) and Nigel Wilhelm (SARDI) discussed soil compaction. Over 60 people were in attendance, with representation from each of the states.

Loxton was the final field day for 2015, which also saw MSF hosting field days at Ouyen (Kulwin), Karoonda (Lowaldie) and Mildura (Millewa). Both the Karoonda and Mildura field days featured John Kirkegaard from CSIRO, Canberra, while Jason Brand (DEDJTR) presented the Southern Pulse Agronomy trials at Kulwin. With over 200 people participating in the field days, it was a great series of events. MSF would like to thank the farmers who host the trials on their properties, particularly the Lollers (Karoonda), Crooks (Kulwin) and Bulla Burra (Loxton). Special thanks also to Bill Davoren (CSIRO) for his efforts in maintaining the trials at Karoonda & Loxton and Mick Brady and Chris Davies (DEDJTR) for their maintenance of the Kulwin trial site. You can catch up with all the photos from the days on our facebook page:

The results from the trials will be presented at the MSF Mallee Research Updates in February, so stay tuned!
Save the Date!
MSF Mallee Reserch Updates 17th & 18th February 2016
Times & Locations will be confirmed soon!

David Roget Mallee Sustainable Farming Excellence Award

MSF is pleased to announce that the David Roget Mallee Sustainable Farming Excellence Award is now open for nominations/applications. The award has been created to remember and celebrate the significant contributions made by the late David Roget.  The Award acknowledges his enduring legacy and contribution to sustainable agriculture and will be presented to an individual, business or group who has made a significant contribution to dryland farming production systems in the Mallee Sustainable Farming Inc. (MSF) region. The recipient will be highly regarded within their industry and will be able to clearly demonstrate that they are promoting sustainable farming systems for tomorrow as well as today. The winner will receive the David Roget Award Perpetual Trophy and a cash prize of $1,000. Applications must be received no later than 5.00pm Friday 29th January 2016.
For more information go to:

WeedSmart Webinar

Webinar 2: Setting up your header for harvest weed seed control

Feat:   Ray Harrington, Darkan grain grower & inventor
Date:  Tues, 20 October 2015
Time:  2.00 - 3.00pm AWST, 5.00 - 6.00pm AEDT

One of the main limitations of harvest weed seed control is the ability to direct weed seeds into the chaff cart, or destructor, or any of the other HWSC tools. Once the weed seeds enter the front of the harvester it is imperative to get them out of the rotor and onto the sieves so they can be captured or destroyed. Join Pete and Ray as they cover how to set up your harvester for any of the HWSC tools. Not to be missed!

For more information about these webinars please contact Ellen McNamara at or phone 0429 897 129. For more info on weed management visit our website.

WoolPoll 2015

WoolPoll 2015 is now open and WoolPoll Panel Chairman, Will Roberts, urges all growers to have the ultimate say on their industry direction by voting.

WoolPoll allows Australia’s woolgrowers to directly determine the amount of wool levy they pay for the next three-year period to fund wool research, development and marketing activities by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI).

Every farmer who has paid wool levies of $100 or more over the past three years is eligible to vote. The voting period closes on Friday, October 30.

To assist growers with their decision, a Voter Information Memorandum and an Independent Review of Performance (ROP) of AWI from 2012-2015 are available on
MSF has released a video 'Putting brome on the back foot', thanks to the GRDC funded 'NRM Partnerships' project and the Mallee Catchment Management Authority 'Brome grass' project.

SAGIT Brome grass Bulletin

The South Australian Grain Industry Trust has recently released a ‘Brome grass Bulletin’ which outlines brome grass management guidelines and includes case studies from SA farmers. The bulletin can be accessed at:

Weed Seed Articles

As we start to prepare for harvest, weed seed destruction will be on everyone’s minds. The latest Mallee Farmer included an article by Michael Moodie regarding harvest weed seed management and brome grass which can be accessed here


As part of the new round of the GRDC Investment Plan, MSF is working with researchers at the University of Adelaide to develop a project focussed on locally relevant weeds. We are keen to get feedback from our farmers regarding the problem weeds and emerging weed issues, besides brome grass, on their farms. Please click the button below to send us your weed feedback. 
Click Here to Submit a problem Weed in your Area
MSF has released a video summarising its Crop Sequencing research. This video was supported by the MCMA through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.