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.
Lupin Establishment Project
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
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.
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.
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 (i.e. life cycle of about 2 weeks in warm spring temperatures), 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 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.
Aluminium Toxicity Demonstrations
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.
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, 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.
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.
MLA Pasture Demonstrations
2020 - 2026 | MLA
The stocking rate achievable per unit of land is usually constrained by feed availability, particularly when producers rely heavily on pasture productivity. The Liebe Group region is characterised by a Mediterranean climate in the Low-Medium Rainfall Zone of Western Australia. Soil types range from acidic sands to medium loams. Reliable pasture production is limited by volatility in early season rainfall and warm dry spring conditions; summer rainfall is unreliable. Dry matter quantity and quality declines over summer leaving a feed gap through the summer- autumn period, where there is little to no available feed for grazing.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.