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.
Stubble Height Project
2021 - 2025 | GRDC
By March 2025, growers have the knowledge and understanding of how different stubble architectures contribute value to their farming system, understand the differing costs involved, can acknowledge the risk/reward profile and use this knowledge to apply the step changes required for profitability.
2019 - 2022 | 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.
Soil Erosion Demos
2021 - 2022 | FDF, NRM & NACC
Wind erosion has been acknowledged by researchers and farmers to be a significant factor contributing to land degradation. In the past few years, severe wind events have been more common due to the changing climate throughout Western Australia. Whilst most research is seen to have been conducted in the more southern areas of Western Australia, the impact throughout the Wheatbelt is increasing. As such, it is important to demonstrate these mitigation practices for the local region to address.
Early Sown Canola
2022 - 2023 | GRDC
The last few seasons have continued to provide early seeding opportunities, particularly in 2021 off the back of cyclone Seroja, and therefore growers want to better understand the risk and reward of going early.
The Liebe Group propose to undertake a locally relevant small plot demonstration that will investigate six different Round Up Ready canola varieties seeded at start of April. This will also be accompanied by three grower case studies to understand the decision-making process of time sowing and varietal choice.
2022 - 2023 | NRM
Dryland salinity is a major cause of land degradation in WA, with widespread implications on rural infrastructure, water resources, biodiversity and productive land. Focusing on the eastern fringe of the Moore River Catchment, this project will investigate the resurgence of dryland salinity and the opportunity for a new generation of landholders to employ regenerative agricultural management options on-farm. A landscape-scale review will be undertaken in 2022 to develop a regional management plan.
Lupin Establishment Project
2019 - 2022 | 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
Harvest Yield Losses
2021 - 2023 | GRDC
Grain losses at harvest directly impact the amount of grain captured and sold at harvest. This investment will quantify the losses in each of the major grains crops in the Western Region and create a benchmark for losses, rather than relying on anecdotal evidence or farmer-collected data in investment analysis. The data captured will focus on the front and back losses, with an analysis to summarise the findings and help guide further investment in minimising harvest loss.
Soil Moisture Probe Network
2021 - 2023 | NLP & SMART FARMS
Farmers in the Northern Agricultural Region (NAR) of WA are managing increasing climatic risks and are seeking new tools that can improve in-season crop management and planning decisions. To address this, the Liebe Group proposes to implement an integrated network of soil moisture probes and weather stations in the region. This project will act as a ‘pilot’ to test the technology in our region and provide an extension platform to engage growers to increase their awareness and knowledge about how this technology could add value to their businesses.
GRDC Double Break Pulses Project
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.
2021 - 2024 | NLP
This project is designed to support land manager practice change that will deliver more sustainable, productive and profitable food, fibre and forestry business while protecting Australia's biodiversity; protecting and improving the condition of natural resources; and assisting Australia to meet its international obligations.
Crop Establishment Project
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 over three seasons exploring the opportunity of improved sowing, in terms of reduced seed rates and costs, and increased crop uniformity, yield and profit.
Ripper Gauge Demonstrations
2021 - 2023 | GRDC
Soil amelioration is a key part of farming systems in Western Australia to overcome soil limitations to crop production. The removal of soil constraints such as compaction and water repellence through strategic tillage practices generally leads to increases in crop production in successive years. One of the limitations that threatens the longevity of these benefits is that the soil can re-compact over time following amelioration, often leading to levels higher than before amelioration.
2022 - 2022 | FRRR, DAWE & FDF
This project will deliver a tailored program of regionally-based activities that aim to build the capacity, confidence and resilience of women in agriculture. Through the successful execution of a farming diversification-focused tour in early 2022, and supporting the Liebe Group Women’s Field Day in June, the Liebe Group will provide the opportunity for rural women to strengthen their community connection, capacity for change and drought resilience in the broadacre farming industry.
Diamondback Moth (DBM) Survey
2020 - 2021 | GRDC
Diamondback moth has unpredictable population dynamics with its timing and distribution difficult to determine. DBM has the ability to reproduce very fast, hence demonstrating explosive outbreak potential as has been seen in WA in some years. In order to improve timely and effective decision support for growers to manage DBM in canola crops, surveillance is being conducted throughout the five WA port zones to determine the Brassica hosts which may be present during summer and autumn and assess whether these hosts are providing a DBM reservoir bridging between growing seasons.
Soil Pathogen Project
2020 - 2023 | GRDC
In the Western and Southern Regions, the propensity for cereal-dominant rotations and no-till has led to an increase in PredictaB detections of certain soilborne pathogens. In 2018, the main diseases detected in these regions were rhizoctonia root rot, crown rot, root lesion nematodes (RLN), and an increased risk of cereal cyst nematode (CCN) and take-all. In the Northern Region, while there are opportunities for diverse crop rotations, crown rot and RLN are still significant issues. Irrespective of the disease, any pathogen that affects the roots, ultimately limits the uptake of water and nutrients and is therefore an important contributor to the yield gap.