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current projects

The Liebe Group is committed to giving back to growers through local research and development.


Each year the group conducts multiple projects, trials and demonstrations, encompassing grower needs and industry expectation for improved production in the Liebe region.

The effects on lupin establishment as a results of reduced seed integrity

2019 - 2021   |   GRDC

The Lupin Establishment Project aims to provide growers in the Kwinana East, Kwinana West, Geraldton and Geraldton Port Zones with an improved understanding of the contributing factors behind poor lupin establishment. The Liebe Group will use a participatory approach by engaging growers in the sample collection process, and by demonstrating germination testing locally in the laboratory where growers will be able to observe first hand any difference between paddock samples

Increasing the  profitability of the double break rotation with high value pulse

2020 - 2022   |   GRDC (WMG LED)

Break crops are widely acknowledged as being necessary to manage the biological constraints that reduce cereal crop production. While break crops have traditionally been used as a single crop in rotation, the use of two break crops in sequence has been shown to greatly increase cereal crop production and profitability. This project will deliver innovation to growers by demonstrating a double break crop sequence of canola followed by chickpea or lentil that increases both the effectiveness and profitability of break crop phase.


Weeds Survey

2019 - 2021   |   AGRONOMO

Recent research has indicated that the types of summer weed appearing has changed with new species becoming present. It is important to understand what species comprise the summer weed spectrum to aid growers in being able to identify and manage their summer weed populations. The purpose of this project is to expand the understanding of WA’s current in-paddock summer weed flora, to better inform possible future initiatives on identification and management of summer weeds. The project will include a total of 210 paddock surveys across the 6 agricultural zones and will be conducted in the summer of 2019-20 and then again in the summer of 2020-21.

Amelioration of subsoil aluminium toxicity for improved productivity

2019 - 2021   |   GRDC

Two demonstration sites will be established, using farmer equipment to apply and incorporate different soil amendments such as lime, gypsum, dolomite and biochar, to reduce the productivity and profitability impacts of aluminium toxicity and improve soil health. Demonstration of practices to identify aluminium toxicity using existing tools such as soil sampling to depth and methods to ameliorate the constraint will provide farmers with the confidence to trial these practices in their own environments.

Optimising plant establishment, spacing & density to maximise crop yield in WA

2018 - 2021   |   GRDC (WANTFA LED)

This project aims to investigate crop establishment, density and spacings to maximise canola and pulse yield and profit in the southern and western regions. It seeks to determine the typical rates of crop establishment achieved by growers and factors influencing these. This project includes survey activities, and various seeder demonstration and comparison trials, and small plot field experimental data over three seasons exploring the opportunity of improved sowing, in terms of reduced seed rates and costs, and increased crop uniformity, yield and profit. The concept of more precise seeding will be tested in crops with contrasting seed size, canopy development and growth patterns.

Generation Y



2019 - 2021   |   NLP

This project will develop the capacity of young farmers (less than 10 years’ experience) in the Northern Agricultural Region of Western Australia and provide them with the skills and confidence to trial and share best practice methods for increased soil productivity in their farming businesses. The project will monitor and evaluate ten paddock scale demonstrations with ten young farmers and provide them with the skills to evaluate and share innovative approaches to soil management.

Liebe and Landmark

Tedera Trial

2019 - 2022   |   LIEBE  & LANDMARK

With the support of Landmark and Australian seed company, Seednet, the Liebe Group will undergo a three year demonstration of Lanza tedera, which has been established in Buntine. The demonstration will provide growers with an opportunity to explore the benefits of the perennial legume for livestock production, nitrogen fixation and its contribution to the sustainable management of soils at high risk of erosion.


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