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Ausplow joins UWA in Future Farm research

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Ausplow managing director John Ryan (left), Ausplow Engineering Manager Carl Vance and University of WA (UWA) farm Ridgefield, Pingelly, farm manager Steven Wainwright, next to the special Ausplow DBS and Multistream rig to be used for UWA trials.

Ausplow managing director John Ryan (left), Ausplow Engineering Manager Carl Vance and University of WA (UWA) farm Ridgefield, Pingelly, farm manager Steven Wainwright, next to the special Ausplow DBS and Multistream rig to be used for UWA trials.

A close-up of healthy germinating clover established by the DBS.

A close-up of healthy germinating clover established by the DBS.

Three different seeding systems have been used so far in this year’s trials – far left, standard DBS boot, then with split boot and in foreground the paired row boot. 70mm-diameter press wheels were used with the standard and split boots while the new 135mm-wide press wheel was used for paired row sowings.

Three different seeding systems have been used so far in this year’s trials – far left, standard DBS boot, then with split boot and in foreground the paired row boot. 70mm-diameter press wheels were used with the standard and split boots while the new 135mm-wide press wheel was used for paired row sowings.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) has entered a research and development partnership with Ausplow Farming Systems to improve crop yields and machine performance. Ausplow will test various configurations of its DBS D260-36 matched to a 6000 litre drawbar-mounted Multistream for seeding in the wide-ranging landscapes at UWA Farm Ridgefield, the University’s 1600 hectare farm near Pingelly. Dr Andrew Guzzomi from UWA’s School of Mechanical & Chemical Engineering and Institute of Agriculture, is leading the partnership with Ausplow Farming System’s Engineering Manager, Carl Vance. He said the partnership was a major step forward in the transformation of Ridgefield into a farm of the future, the mission of the UWA Future Farm 2050 Project. “Some of the landscape at UWA Farm Ridgefield is challenging in terms of soil type, obstacles and paddock shape so working in partnership with Ausplow will help optimise seeding practices,” Dr Guzzomi said. “The move toward smaller, more flexible tractor-machine combinations will permit UWA Farm Ridgefield to crop landscapes that at present are inaccessible.” Professor Graeme Martin from UWA’s School of Agriculture and Environment and Institute of Agriculture, who leads the Future Farm 2050 Project, said that as we head toward 2050 and need to feed 50 per cent more people than we do today, global food production would increasingly rely on cropping marginal lands. “The combination of modern seeding practices and a massive program for bringing weeds under control is critical for our vision for the 'ecological cropping' enterprise of the Future Farm 2050 Project,” Prof Martin said. UWA Farm Ridgefield will in turn, provide detailed feedback to Ausplow Farming Systems on machine performance and crop yields.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017