The Land Health Program helps crop producers increase their productivity, reduce the impact of climate variability on dryland cropping and protect and improve our fragile soils. It aims to give growers the confidence and knowledge to adopt new technologies and innovations that are driving the success of the grains industry. Farmers will learn how to manage the current constraints to increase productivity and profitability in the grains sector.
Land Health staff run field days, workshops and mentoring programs for farmers to increase their knowledge in the following areas:
- No-Till and Zero-Till farming practices
- Retaining standing stubble for improved yields
- Improving water use efficiency in the cropping system
- Advantages of Controlled Traffic Farming
- New technology such as GPS guidance systems
- Innovations in cropping techniques
- Managing risks to market access
- Chemical group rotation and risks associated with off-label use
- Biosecurity (pests and disease)
- Business marketing
- Risk management associated with climate variability
Projects are delivered in partnership with Grower groups including Victorian No-Till Farming Association, Birchip Cropping Group, Southern Farming Systems and Mallee Sustainable Farming Inc.; and also in collaboration with local Catchment Management Authorities and Landcare groups.
For general information about cropping go to Grains and Other Crops